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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.

same-day-crowns

At Premier Dental, we often talk with our patients about dental crowns and why they’re needed. Sometimes dental crowns can be confusing, or a completely new idea to some, and so we like to take the time and explain why dental crowns are needed and so helpful in the dental industry. Dental crowns do a wonderful job at protecting your teeth and enhancing the look and health of your smile. Did you know that same-day crowns are also available? Let’s clear up some crown confusions!

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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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Restore Your Smile

Taking the time off work to attend multiple dental appointments to fix a broken tooth can be extremely inconvenient. Thankfully, with CEREC technology, Premier Dental offers easy, same-day crowns that eliminate the hassle of multiple appointments.

According to Dental Economics, a CEREC same day crown is one of the most researched dental procedures in history. Analysis over the materials and procedure have lived up to many years of scientific scrutiny, creating a high track record that other dental procedures are hard-pressed to compete with.

Read more about Dental Economics

Related Article: CEREC Crown: Fact OR Fiction?

Differences: Traditional vs. CEREC Crowns

Traditional Crowns

CEREC crowns and traditional crowns are extremely similar, with the main difference lying in the procedure methods. With traditional crowns, a dentist will assess the area of the broken tooth and take impressions of the area using a paste. Once the impressions are set, they are sent off to a lab to create a permanent crown to implant during another visit to the dentist’s office. During this waiting period, temporary crowns are usually given to the patient to wear until the permanent crown arrives.

With the traditional crown, there are multiple options for materials, such as:

  • Porcelain/ceramic
  • Metal
  • Porcelain and metal combination

 

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CEREC Crown: Technology That Makes a One-Day Crown Reality

As new technologies, procedures, and materials emerge, dentistry is becoming easier, more painless, faster, and more effective than ever before. Just look at the dental crown, for instance. A procedure that once required multiple trips to the dentist chair can now be performed in a single day at the right office. If you’re lucky enough to live in Lee’s Summit and need a crown, then Dr. Caye’s office is the place to go, because Premier Dental has the latest CEREC crown technology to provide you with same-day crowns.

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Many things can contribute to a missing or damaged tooth. Carbonated drinks and eating sugary foods on a consistent basis can play a disturbing role. These can result in deterioration of your teeth over time or cavities. The lack of oral hygiene after eating these foods or overall can impact the strength and health of your teeth.

Accidents or dangerous falls resulting in chipped teeth can also affect your confidence you’re your smile. However, with an experienced dental team, employing the right procedures and techniques to better your smile is possible. Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit offers their patients dealing with damaged teeth, the opportunity to have their teeth fixed in one day with a CEREC crown.

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The dental crown has been a basic staple in the dental profession’s bag of tricks for many years. Getting a crown is probably one of the most common and well known of all dental procedures.

What is a Dental Crown and Why do I Need It?

A dental crown is a type of dental restoration when a tooth-shaped cap is placed over a decayed or damaged tooth. It entirely covers the tooth above the gum line. A dental crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. For example, a crown can strengthen a tooth that has a large filling when there isn’t enough of the original tooth to actually hold the filling. A crown can also be used to cover a tooth that is discolored or badly shaped; or to cover a dental implant.

Not only is the patient’s oral health improved by restoring and strengthening a tooth with a dental crown, but it will also look beautiful, like a brand new tooth.

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