When people are missing teeth, they know they know that they can come to our Los Algodones dental practice for advanced treatments. We offer dental implants to support crowns, bridges, and dentures, as well as other state-of-the-art treatments that can restore your smile.
Before visit our Baja California practice, patients often reach out to us asking how cavities and advanced tooth decay can lead to the loss of a tooth. Let's consider the basics right now, and then cover your treatment options.
Cavities are caused by the bacteria that naturally occurs in a person's mouth. This bacteria feeds on food particles that get caught between the teeth, creating acidity in the process. This eats into the tooth structure, causes the decay of the layers of the tooth's structure.
Initially, tooth decay effects the tooth enamel, which is the topmost layer of the tooth. As the decay progresses, it can affect the dentin (a lower layer of the tooth structure) and eventually infect the dental pulp at the center of a tooth. Tooth decay at various stages can lead to the loss of a tooth because of structural issues, or tooth damage so serious that it necessitates extraction to prevent more serious wellness issues.
When a tooth is affected by decay, its overall strength and stability is negatively impacted. When biting or chewing with a decayed tooth, it's possible for the stress on the tooth to result in a serious fracture. This can lead to a broken tooth, which can be very painful. When a tooth cannot be restored or saved, the best option may be extraction.
As noted above, in the center of every tooth is a soft tissue known as dental pulp. Comprised of connective tissue, nerve endings, and blood vessels, the dental pulp was at one time essential for the proper formation of the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, this can be very painful. If a tooth cannot be saved through endodontic therapy, the best option for treatment is the extraction of the tooth to alleviate pain and to prevent spread of the infection.
If you suffer from tooth decay, there are many options for restoring the damaged tooth. These include the following:
The extent of the tooth decay will determine the ideal restoration to use.
If you wind up missing a tooth or multiple teeth as a result of tooth decay, there are different options to help restore the appearance of your smile as well as your overall dental health.
Removable dental bridges or dentures may be recommended for people who are missing a few teeth or many teeth. In addition, implant dentistry may be recommended to help anchor crowns, a bridge, or a denture in place.
During the consultation process, we can go over the right option for you given the circumstances that you face.
When it comes to preventing cavities, the old advice is still the best:
For more information about your many options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in much greater detail.
1005 2nd St
Los Algodones, BCN 21970
Dr. Valenzuela is light-hearted, funny, and does everything he can to put you at ease.