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Dental cavities, also known as tooth decay, breaks down your tooth’s enamel (the hard outer layer of a tooth) and can vary in severity and stages of decay. Let’s take a look at the various tooth decay treatments and how we can help at Premier Dental.

Here are the 5 Stages of Tooth Decay and What they Look Like, according to Healthline.  

Tooth Decay Treatments

Early Stage Treatment

  • Fluoride Treatment: For the beginning stages of tooth decay, fluoride is used to help strengthen the damaged enamel. Fluoride can actually be used in various ways to help stop the decay or even help repair some of the damaged enamel, and can be applied directly to the tooth and only take a few minutes. 

More Options for Tooth Decay Treatments 

  • Fillings: When you experience a cavity, oftentimes fillings are used as a treatment option. Your dentist will drill to remove any tooth decay and shape the cavity to fit the new filling. Then, the area will be filled with dental amalgam or composite. 
  • Crowns: Larger cavities can require a crown instead of just a filling. The outer portion of the tooth will be removed, along with any areas of decay, and a crown will be made in the same shape/size/color of your natural tooth as a replacement to put over the tooth. Learn More: Why do I need a Dental Crown?
  • Root Canals: When the decay has entered the inner area of the tooth (the pulp), a root canal can be performed. You will receive a numbing agent to numb the area, and then the infected pulp will be removed and the area will be cleaned out. Learn More: Root Canal Therapy: Everything You Need to Know!
  • Tooth Extraction: If tooth decay is severe and is causing major damage, a tooth extraction may be recommended. The area will be numbed and the tooth will be extracted. 

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Is Tooth Decay Reversible? 

Tooth decay can be reversible if caught in the very early stages, which is why it’s important to see your dentist often for a dental exam and cleaning. If you’re experiencing any tooth pain or aches, come see us immediately to determine if decay is the cause. Learn More about Emergency Dental Care.

Once a tooth loses minerals and experiences a cavity, the damage is irreversible, but treatable so that the decay doesn’t spread to any other areas of the mouth. Help reverse early stages of tooth by cutting down on sugary foods and practicing good, daily oral hygiene!  

If Left Untreated

If decay is left untreated, tooth decay can lead to a multitude of more serious oral health complications, such as:

  • Infection
  • Tooth pain
  • Loss of teeth
  • Abscesses
  • Gum Disease

Learn More: What is Tooth Decay?  

Related Article: Avoid Gum Disease

 

Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit Prevents Tooth Decay

At Premier Dental, we work hard to customize each patient’s dental experience. By doing that we can actually make you want to visit the dentist – which will help prevent tooth decay! Our laid-back atmosphere, gentle touch of Dr. Stephan D. Caye, and relaxing amenities will have you looking forward to your next visit. Learn more about the Comprehensive Dentistry that is offered at Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit.

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.

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Why is root canal complete with crown? When the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected, a root canal is often the best treatment for fixing the problem and alleviating your pain. Root canals can save your teeth from further decay and dental issues. However, when a root canal is performed, the affected tooth becomes weaker.

What is the Root Canal Process?

A root canal is performed when there is an infection within the tooth. Your dentist will gain access to the center of the tooth to remove the infection, therefore stopping the infection altogether. When an infection reaches the inside, or pulp, of the tooth, it is called pulpitis.

Before a root canal, your tooth can be in severe pain, but the procedure will help remove the pain completely.

What is a root canal and what happens during treatment? Learn more HERE.

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Do you have a toothache, but are a little unsettled at the thought of needing root canal therapy? We can get your questions answered and put you at ease. These are some of the questions we’ve gotten from our patients: What is a root canal? Can I avoid getting a root canal? What are the symptoms? And … will it hurt? (more…)

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Losing teeth can be frustrating and upsetting. Thankfully, there are two wonderful options that can bring your smile, and your dental health, all together and looking beautiful. These options are dentures and dental implants, but what’s the difference between the two? Let’s dive into what you need to know to make the best decision for yourself: Dentures vs Dental Implants.

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Sometimes, the dreaded things happen. You’re eating your favorite, crunchy dish at dinner and you hear and uncomfortable crunch in the back of your mouth. You know what just happened. Your old, traditional crown just broke. You dread the time you must spend going back and forth to the dentist’s office to get a temporary crown and then your real, replacement crown from the lab. Thankfully, with technology advancements in dentistry, knowing that you must get a crown doesn’t have to be so time consuming anymore! With Same day crowns, you can get a new crown in just one visit to the dentist.

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Root canals happen often. Chances are, you’ll experience a root canal or two in your lifetime. Thankfully, according to WebMD, root canal procedures have over a 95% success rate. This means that you can breathe a sigh of relief if your dentist brings up the often-dreaded words, “root canal.” In all actuality, root canals are meant to help you avoid pain, and put a stop to any oral pain you’re experiencing. So, typically you should not experience pain after root canal procedure.

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Dentures have long been a tooth replacement option, as they are removable teeth designed to replace missing teeth and keep your mouth healthy. Dentures make it easier to speak and eat and improve the overall appearance of your smile. Dentures also help prevent your facial muscles from “sagging”.

There are two categories of dentures, complete dentures and partial dentures.

  • Complete dentures are required for patients who have no natural teeth left.
  • Partial dentures replace a few missing natural teeth and are attached to remaining healthy natural teeth.

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There is an array of reasons that cause people to lose their teeth. Ailments such as gum disease, tooth decay, or direct injury to the mouth can cause teeth to dislodge from the mouth. For people who have lost their original teeth, dentures serve a much-needed function. They help to improve appearance and the way people eat or speak.  

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There are various reasons why people choose cosmetic dentistry. Generally, the common motivation is to improve the appearance of their smile. Dental porcelain veneers are a great way to enhance the look of many teeth at once.

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Do You Have a Missing Tooth? Here Are Options for Tooth Replacements to Consider

Permanent adult teeth are intended to remain in your mouth for your entire life. However, some situations arise that can cause missing teeth. Tooth decay, gum disease, infection, and trauma are just some of the circumstances that can impact a person’s oral health and appearance.

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