Most people need a dental restoration at some point in their lives, and when that point comes for you, you’re going to want a dentist who can complete the process with as much skill and as little discomfort as possible.
Even people who are extremely diligent about proper dental hygiene are at risk of needing dental fillings. Tooth health is dependent upon keeping your teeth clean, but genetics also play a part. Some people, despite their most earnest effort, will still get cavities. Others can be downright careless about brushing and escape scot-free. One genetic component that factors in is the porousness of your tooth
’s enamel. Some people are just born with softer enamel than others, which allows bacteria to more easily penetrate their teeth.
Cavities Can Be Insidious
Regardless of why you got your cavity, if you have one, it’s important to have it treated as soon as possible. Cavities are areas of your teeth, sometimes too small to even see, in which decay has taken hold. Without prompt treatment, the decay will spread, in the manner that one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. If your cavity is small, you may not even be able to feel it, but as it grows, it can become painful.
While fillings are the most common type of dental restorations, coming in second are crowns, or caps. Crowns can become necessary if a tooth’s decay is too far gone for a conventional filling, to help hold a bridge in place, or as part of a dental implant. If you have one or two missing teeth, a bridge of false teeth can be constructed and cemented into place, anchored by crowns on either side.
Many people today who have had missing teeth or recently suffered the loss of a tooth or teeth to decay or an accident are opting for dentures, which act more like real teeth than bridges. An implant procedure consists of inserting a permanent, metal post into the jaw onto which crowns are secured, giving a flawless look to your smile with no metal visible.
Dentures were very common many years ago and are still used today. Dentures can be full or partial, depending on how many teeth are missing. They are removable and are fixed inside the mouth with a temporary dental adhesive which the patient reapplies daily.
For those who find dental procedures anxiety provoking, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to relieve any discomfort, nervousness or apprehension. We here at Pleasantburg Family Dentistry strive to make all of our dental restorations as smooth as possible, because we want you to have the best smile possible!