One of the most common dental health problems people have is dental decay. And if left untreated, dental decay can start to affect your general health. Having a dentist you can trust to find and repair problems due to dental decay is vital to maintaining good health – and we are that dentist you need.
After a thorough examination, our staff will recommend the most appropriate treatment to restore your smile.
Cavities are usually caused by excess plaque and tartar dissolving the protective enamel of your tooth. A dentist will usually remove any excess decay, clean the area and fill in the hole with either a metallic or plastic compound.
If there is a significant amount of decay, or if the tooth has already had a few fillings, a crown may be required. Crowns completely encapsulate the infected tooth, and are usually made of gold, porcelain fused to metal or pure white porcelain.
A dental inlay is usually used when the placement or amount of decay puts the tooth structure at risk. The dentist makes a custom inlay that will fit into the spaces in-between the cusps of your tooth. Typically an inlay requires two visits to the dentist, but they are very durable once inserted.
Onlays are similar to inlays, except that they are custom made to fit over one or more cusps. For this reason, they are often referred to as “partial crowns”.
If the tooth is beyond restoration, your dentist may recommend removing it and inserting a bridge. A bridge is made by preparing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth as crowns, which will hold the replacement tooth in place.
If your teeth need a little extra tender love and care, we are the dental office you can rely on. We are here to help restore your smile so call us today to book an appointment.