No one plans to acquire tooth decay. It’s something we generally try to avoid by keeping up with good dental self-care. However, by not going to the dentist regularly, you put yourself at risk for undiagnosed cavities. Unfortunately, letting tooth decay go without treatment can result in unpleasant dental issues such as abscesses. Tooth decay is nothing new, however, so the best course of action if you have a cavity is to visit your dentist twice a year in order to catch them early. When you do have a cavity, there are different restorative treatment methods to restore your tooth back to full form and function.
Quite a few of your fellow American citizens are currently walking around with at least one dental filling in their mouths. Streptococcus mutans are the germs which live inside your mouth (unless you’re one of the 1% of the population who is immune to the bacteria). S. mutans metabolize sucrose, converting sugar into lactic acid. This damages your tooth enamel, allowing infection to begin rotting your tooth structure. The general course of action for catching cavities early enough is a dental filling, usually made from tooth-colored composite resin.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays are recommended when cavities are present, but a bit more reinforcement is necessary. The damaged part of a decaying tooth is fitted with prefabricated composite material. An inlay is bonded to the cusp tips of the tooth in question. As with dental fillings, tooth-colored material is best for an inlay so that you have strength as well as cosmetic appeal. Onlays are similar to inlays except that they extend out (or over) one or more of the tooth’s cusps.
Dental crowns are generally required if you have severe tooth decay which has been neglected. Crowns are also the usual course for treatment when a dental injury occurs leading to a large chunk of tooth breaking off, chipping, or cracking. Fabricated from gold, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal, dental crowns sometimes serve a solely cosmetic purpose when front teeth are in bad physical shape.
Consult with your Fort Worth General Dentist
At 7 Day Dental Center, Dr. Bob Jing and our team of dental professionals offer convenience, comfort, and the latest in quality family dentistry. With a focus on patient education and access to advanced dental technology, we can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (817) 405-2001. We proudly service the residents of Fort Worth, Haltom City, Sansom Park, White Settlement, and surrounding communities.