What Is Tooth Decay?
Cavities, also known as dental caries, are one of the most common chronic diseases across all age groups in the U.S. Left untreated, tooth decay spreads deeper into the affected tooth, and may pass to surrounding teeth, as well. Dental decay can eat away at the teeth, starting with hard white outer layer (enamel) and progressing into the softer inner layer (dentin). Once too much tooth structure is damaged, a tooth may become untreatable and need to be taken out. In other cases, the bacteria may eat its way into the innermost part of the tooth, where its nerve and blood supply are. If this happens, root canal therapy will likely be necessary.
“Rampant caries” refers to a condition of aggressive cavities that affect many teeth. For some patients, aggressive tooth decay may compromise every tooth in their mouth! Fortunately, your dental team here at Georgia Prosthodontics can rehabilitate even the most complicated cases of advanced tooth decay and help you reclaim your oral health!
What Makes You More Prone to Cavities?
Some people develop cavities more often than others. There are many factors that will determine how high your risk is for severe decay. Most important is what type of bacteria tend to grow in your mouth. Some people have more acid-producing bacteria than others. A huge part of that equation is whether your diet is made up of foods that those bacteria can thrive on, such as sugars and starches. Your brushing and flossing technique and routine play a huge role, as well.
Saliva also plays an important role in keeping your teeth clean and strong. People with dry mouth, either due to medications or medical conditions, are at much higher risks for rampant decay. Patients undergoing cancer treatments need special attention for cavity prevention, and may need intensive restoration once their treatment is complete. Some risk factors are simply beyond your control. Your saliva may naturally be more acidic, and your teeth may have unusual shapes or crowding that will not only trap plaque but be difficult to keep clean.
We will help you control what factors you can and lessen the impact of the things you can’t. Not all cavities are visible from the outside of the tooth. Sometimes, decay happens behind the gums, deep between teeth, or in the grooves of back teeth. Cavities in these areas can progress for years without your knowledge and could end up causing the tooth to fail completely.
How Do You Know If You Have Dental Decay?
Regular dental care is so important because cavities don’t always hurt! Digital imaging is an essential part of your comprehensive dental exam, which lets us identify cavities you can’t see with the naked eye. It’s also a good idea to know the signs of tooth decay, so you’ll know them if they occur. The usual symptoms of tooth decay include:
You Deserve the Best Care for Restoring Advanced Decay
If you struggle with cavities, you’re probably well aware of how difficult it can be to live with advanced decay. Rampant decay and severe caries can make it hard to eat comfortably. You might avoid foods you used to love, out of fear they will make your teeth hurt. If you have decay on your front teeth, you’re probably reluctant to smile fully, for fear people might see the damage.
No matter how complicated your case, or how defeated you may feel by the constant battle against cavities, we can help! We are proud to offer a full range of treatment options appropriate for even the most complex cases, all right here in our state-of-the-art practice!
The Best Treatment and the Best Materials
Restoring your dental health and rehabilitating your smile after advanced decay means matching the best treatment and best materials for your needs. As experts in crafting beautiful, functional prosthetics and restorations, we can ensure you’ll have access to every option your case may require.
Unlike many other practices, Georgia Prosthodontics boasts an in-house dental fabrication lab, which means your restorations will be accurately crafted for your needs and with much less waiting time! Our lab and technicians do such great work, in fact, that dentists from all over the Atlanta, GA area send their cases for us to construct! Your full mouth rehabilitation may require a combination of treatment options.
Providing You With The Best Financial Options
Treating advanced decay requires comprehensive care. We need to get to the root of what’s causing your struggle with cavities, in order to restore all aspects of your oral health while providing full mouth rehabilitation that will restore function and beauty to your smile. However, we understand that finances are a major concern for many of our patients. We don’t want budgetary restrictions to keep you from accessing the excellent treatment you deserve. This is why we are committed to helping you maximize your dental insurance benefits wherever possible. We can also work with you to create a payment plan and financing options that will suit your budget and get you healthy.
Don’t let tooth decay steal your smile!
Call us today to schedule a preliminary consultation.