Tooth decay is a common public health concern that affects patients of all ages, from toddlers to adults. Most patients will experience some degree of tooth decay during their lifetime. Treated early in development, tooth decay can be conservatively treated. Left untreated, dental cavities can lead to an infected root canal and potentially the need for a tooth extraction. Fuller Dental provides treatments options for restoring a decayed tooth.
Did you know you can prevent tooth decay?
Preventing tooth decay requires diligent oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist office. Visiting the dentist at least once every six months is key in preventing tooth decay. Professional teeth cleanings are able to clean deep into the gums and access all surfaces and crevices of teeth to remove plaque and tartar from hard to reach areas. Brushing and flossing twice a day helps to remove food debris that gets lodged in between the teeth. During your dental exams, your Fuller Dental dentist can provide you and your children with personalized tips and tricks for better oral hygiene habits.
Good oral hygiene habits help to prevent the accrual of plaque and tartar on the surface of teeth. Bacteria feed on the sugary plaque and tartar and begin to multiply and leaving behind an acidic by-product that erodes the enamel of the tooth. Once the tooth is compromised, the pulp becomes susceptible to infection and will require treatment.
Treatment for Dental Cavities
Fuller Dental offers a range of services to treat any stage of a tooth cavity. When caught early, tooth decay can be conservatively treated using a routine dental filling. A dental filling is a very common treatment used in our Burlington NC dentist office. A dental filling can help restore a damaged tooth back to normal function and shape. We offer many different types of fillings, including gold, amalgam, composite, and porcelain dental fillings. One of our experienced dentists will skillfully examine your teeth to determine which type of filling will benefit you the best.
For teeth with larger cavities, the dentist may recommend a type of porcelain restoration such as an inlay, onlay, or dental crown. A dental crown can be custom designed to color match your natural teeth and can help add stability to your oral foundation. If you have a severe toothache, you may need a root canal, which will remove the diseased tissue inside the tooth. Treatment for tooth decay will vary depending on the progression of the decay. Visiting the dentist at least twice a year allows for early diagnosis and conservative treatment.
Fuller Dental Addressing Your Dental Concerns
Fuller Dental offers individualized dental care for your dental health concerns. Our dental care team helps to restore your smile by addressing dental concerns from common to complex. From whitening discolored teeth to repair damaged or missing teeth, our dental care team can help you enjoy a more beautiful, healthy smile. If you are looking for a compassionate, highly trained and experienced dental health care team in the Burlington, NC region, contact Fuller Dental or request an appointment online.