Tooth Decay Treatment in Charlotte NC
Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of a tooth cavity and other dental health issues, yet in most cases rotten teeth and decay are avoidable. The wearing away, or erosion of the tooth’s outer and inner layers by bacteria leads to a hole in the tooth known as dental caries or cavities that require fillings, a root canal or even tooth removal.
What does a cavity look like?
Some common signs of a cavity or tooth decay are visible to the individual experiencing the condition. An overview of these signs include:
This can be experienced in front, side or back of the mouth. Even wisdom tooth pain can be a sign of decay. Pain that stems from wisdom teeth can be remedied with an extraction.
Teeth that have changed in color, darkened, is a sign that the tooth may be rotten. Rotten teeth is tooth decay.
Hole in tooth or teeth
A hole in the tooth that is small is a cavity and can be repaired with a tooth filling. However, a large hole may require root canal procedure therapy.
Cavities cannot heal on their own and the best way to prevent tooth decay is to establish a proper dental hygiene routine that includes a visit to our Eastover dental practice with Dr. Stout in Charlotte, NC every six months.
Common causes of tooth decay
There are many causes of tooth decay. Plaque and/or bacteria buildup are the main culprits. Tooth decay typically starts as a small hole in the tooth, and if left untreated, this hole grows larger. More acids, sugar, plaque and bacteria buildup lead to dental caries.
Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and rinsing with a mouthwash and having regular dental cleanings are healthy habits preventing plaque and bacteria buildup on teeth.
Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can change the way a woman’s body responds to plaque. This plaque buildup can lead to pregnancy gingivitis. Gums become swollen, red and may bleed more easily. Morning sickness also produces acid in the mouth, which can weaken tooth enamel.
Dental trauma can cause nerve damage or dislodge a tooth, making it easier for bacteria to grow and for tooth decay can accelerate.
Sweets are not the only foods that we have to worry about causing decay. Chips, bread, pasta, and other refined carbohydrates also can lead to tooth decay. Foods and drinks with high acidic levels contribute to tooth decay, as well.
Tooth Decay Treatment options
If you suffer from tooth decay, do not delay treatment. Tooth decay can be stopped or controlled, but the complete reversal is not possible. If detected early enough, a tooth that has developed a cavity can be filled or have a crown placed on top to avoid any further erosion.
Fluoride can help protect the teeth by strengthening the enamel making it more difficult for plaque and bacteria to erode the teeth.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
If the tooth decay passes the gum line and reaches the pulp, a root canal or an extraction are the two treatment options that your dentist may recommend. A root canal will allow the dentist to remove the diseased pulp, both cleaning and healing the root chamber. An extraction will completely remove the tooth and attempt to remove the infectious bacteria that exists.
If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this article it may be time to see Dr. Stout. Schedule an appointment with Stout Dentistry. Give us a call today at 704.332.7737.
National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research: The Tooth Decay Process: How to Reverse and Avoid it. Author: Dr. Margherita Fontana, July 2018