Tooth Decay Treatment
We know how tooth decay can lead to serious dental problems. Our caring Dentist can treat you to restore your healthy smile.
Know The Symptoms And Stop It Before It Happens!
Tooth decay takes place in a tooth when the tooth’s enamel has been damaged or has dissolved, resulting in a hole or tooth cavity.
Causes of tooth decay vary, but overall the damage is caused by bacteria living in the mouth as a result of poor dental hygiene. These bacteria eat the same food as we do and thrive on sugars in our food and drinks. These same bacteria release acids, responsible for the breakdown of minerals in our teeth.
Mild and Severe Tooth Decay
Depending on the seriousness of the tooth decay process, tooth decay needs different kinds of treatment. Holes formed by mild tooth decay are experienced by nearly every person, at least once in their life. The holes are filled by your dentist, and the tooth can be used again.
Severe tooth decay might result in having the tooth capped with a crown, to protect the damaged part of the tooth.
Root canal treatment is also an option. In root canal treatment the infected core of the tooth (the pulp) is removed, thus removing the infection inside the tooth.
Extraction of the tooth is the last option if severe tooth decay has damaged the tooth to a point where it cannot be treated anymore.
Types of Dental Fillings
There are different types of dental fillings. They are as follows:
Amalgam fillings (also known as metal fillings)
This type of filling contains mercury. Mercury in dental fillings has been questioned as the absorption of the body of mercury could contribute to diseases such as dementia and multiple sclerosis.
Amalgam fillings are made up of a composition of metals containing silver, copper, tin and zinc, and mercury liquid.
Amalgam dental fillings tend to blacken over time and there is a small risk of small amounts of mercury ending up in the body with this type of filling.
At Longwood-house we offer the alternative high strength composite/white fillings and porcelain inlays.
Composite dental fillings look like a natural tooth and will not show any signs of a filling in the mouth when smiling or opening the mouth. These fillings are just as strong and durable as metal fillings.
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