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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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Oral care is more essential than ever. While wearing face coverings that are to protect us from diseases and are recommended by the CDC, dentists are seeing a rise in gum disease from “mask mouth.”

Mask Mouth refers to a range of symptoms associated with wearing a face mask. The main symptom being bad breath, or halitosis. While bad breath may seem annoying and temporary, it’s a sign that something isn’t quite right. It’s important to pay attention to any warning signs or symptoms of mask mouth and take action to prevent it!

Let’s look into some helpful, preventative measures for mask mouth.

The truth behind mask mouth:

Symptoms of Mask Mouth

Bad Breath: 

One of the most common signs of mask mouth is bad breath. If you’re breathing through your mouth while wearing a mask, you’re drying out your mouth and causing bad breath. This can also cause dry lips.

Dry Mouth:

Saliva is such a great tool that our body already produces to help keep the germs out of our mouth, so when our mouth becomes dry and we lose saliva production, we build bad-breath bacteria in the mouth.

Less saliva in the mouth also means we are more prone to tooth decay and infections.  When we are wearing our mask often and experience dry mouth, we’re advancing or progressing tooth decay.

Bad breath is often a sign that something isn’t quite right. When we wear our masks, we may breathe through our mouths more and dry out our mouths. While this may not seem like an issue, when we dry out our mouths, we leave them more susceptible to bacteria growth. When bacteria grow in our mouth, we can experience things like cavities and gum disease. Saliva is a huge multitasker in our mouths and it constantly keeps bacteria at bay. When we lose saliva production, we lose our biggest bacteria fighter.

The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath. Learn More about the stinky side effects of Mask Mouth HERE.

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Dr. Caye and his team at Premier Dental join dental practices and professionals around the country each September in celebration of National Gum Care Month. Why is gum care so important? Let’s dive in and find out!!

You may not have heard of Periodontal Disease, if you visit your dentist regularly and you haven’t – that’s probably a good sign! Periodontal Disease is also known as Gum Disease and almost 50% of adults have some form it. Here’s the scary part – if left untreated, it can lead to even more serious problems, ranging from tooth loss to heart disease.

Yes … that’s why Gum Care Month is SO IMORTANT!! However, Gum Disease can be prevented!

There are several preventative actions you can take to help avoid the onset of gum disease. We want you to be on the lookout for these tell-tale signs so, we’ve gathered some interesting information and statistics for you as well.

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Beards, manscaping, hair gel, man caves, and self-grooming galore! In today’s world, men are taking charge of their aesthetic and their health, and dental health should be no different … that’s why we’re tackling dental health for men in this article.

Good dental health for men equals good overall health, as all parts of the body are interconnected. In fact, men are more commonly dealing with gum disease than women, making oral health even more important.

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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…)

It’s a busy time of year. Our stomachs are already grumbling in anticipation of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. Our minds are busy thinking about Christmas presents and holiday breaks from the workroom. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves and instead get lost in the busyness of it all. However, no matter how busy we may be, it’s so vital to keep up with our oral health and hygiene. No one wants to worry about a cavity or a filling around the holidays, and that’s why it’s crucial to check in with your dentist before the end of the year.

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Have you heard about the dangerous vaping trend?

Cherry, strawberry shortcake, blueberry bliss, and mint chip; the flavors of vape juice are completely endless and appealing. The trend seems fun and exciting for many, with so many flavor combinations and accessories. People are vaping all around the world, with as estimated number of 41 million people participating in vaping and e-cigarettes this year, according to the BBC. However, with more information emerging about the health dangers of vaping, it’s not surprising to learn that vaping has some major negative effects to your oral health as well.

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Poor dental hygiene can lead to problems that are more severe than the average cavity or case of bad breath. Gum disease is most commonly the result of poor dental hygiene and is the inflammation of the tissue around the teeth, according to www.medicinenet.com. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and treatment for various stages of gum disease can set you on a proactive path to avoiding a disappointing dental visit.

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