Dental checkups are your best defense against oral health issues, along with your daily oral hygiene care. At your checkups we look for cavities, the early signs of gum disease, and check on old fillings to make sure they are not leaking which can cause further decay. We have various methods of restoring teeth which are afflicted with tooth decay, and early detection allows us to fix the problem before the decay advances into the stages requiring intensive and costly treatment.
We can reverse tooth decay in its early stages while the tooth is still not causing you pain. Dental checkups allow us to catch issues in this stage, because if there is no pain and you are not aware there is a problem, the tooth can’t be fixed. So how do we treat tooth decay?
Fluoride – if at your checkup we detect the early stage of decay, we can apply fluoride treatment to restore the tooth enamel. This only takes a few minutes and then your tooth enamel is protected. In-office fluoride treatment is more effective than fluoride treatment from drinking tap water, or using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwashes.
Filling – dental fillings, are the next level to repair tooth decay if the decay has advanced beyond enamel erosion. Fillings may be made from composite resin, porcelain or amalgam fillings (a combination of material).
Crown – if the decay has progressed to the point that the tooth structure is weakened, we may advise placing a crown on the tooth. First we will remove all decay in the area and shape what is left of the tooth material to fit the crown material. Crown material can include porcelain, gold, or resin.
Root Canal – once the decay reaches down the pulp, you will need a root canal. This still saves the tooth as only the diseased pulp is removed and the cavity is filled. To treat any lingering infection, you will also receive antibiotics.
Pulling the Tooth – if the tooth is damaged beyond repair, we will recommend removal. This will also leave a gap where the tooth was located, allowing the surrounding teeth to shift. Therefore, we may recommend a bridge or dental implant to restore your smile.
Detecting tooth decay in its early stages is the best preventative option, and once it has progressed, removing the decay will restore your healthy smile. To schedule a visit with our skilled dentist, Dr. Lynh Pham, please call our Smiley Dental Fort Worth team in Ft. Worth, Texas at 817.927.1877 today!