Tooth decay is a common dental problem that can occur in both children and adults. Also known as cavities, tooth decay can damage a tooth’s structure as well as the inner dental pulp, resulting in an infection. This is why the team at Drs of Smiles in Mesa, AZ encourage patients to be prudent about brushing and flossing their teeth after every meal and visiting their dentist regularly. With proper care, most patients can quickly and easily address tooth decay and maintain a healthy smile!
What causes tooth decay?
In most situations, tooth decay is caused by poor oral hygiene. Patients who do not brush and floss their teeth after meals are putting their smile at risk of developing cavities. This is because food particles, sugars, acids, and other elements in our food and beverages can stick to the teeth and damage natural enamel. While the enamel on the tooth is relatively thick when compared to the dental pulp inside, it is still susceptible to damage from decay and even periodontal disease. To stop cavities from forming, patients may want to ask their dentist about ways to keep their smile clean and healthy!
How is tooth decay treated?
In most cases of tooth decay, a dental filling can be used to restore the tooth’s structure and keep the decay from spreading further. Our team uses composite resin fillings which have an aesthetic appearance to them. They are also safer for the body than traditional silver amalgam fillings that dentists have used in the past. These are formulated with 50% mercury, a harmful substance to humans. Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored and reliable, making them the easy choice to make.
For patients with large areas of decay, a filling may be accompanied by a dental crown over the top of the tooth to provide an extra layer of strength and durability.
Say goodbye to tooth decay!
Work with the team at Drs of Smiles and get started in reducing your risk of tooth decay, while threatening any current concerns. Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro are here to help, and can be reached at (480) 834-6991. The office is conveniently located in Mesa, AZ and is accepting new patients.