Tooth Decay Treatment

Plaque causes tooth decay and can quickly lead to more dangerous problems such as gum disease or holes in your teeth if left untreated. Visiting your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups is the best way to avoid tooth decay; however, there are signs of tooth decay that you should be aware of.
 
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
 
For most people, the first signs of tooth decay are tooth pain, but this is not true for everyone. Many people have varying symptoms, or more than 1. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your dentist in Port Orchard ASAP. 
 
1. Continuous tooth pain that keeps you wake or disrupts your daily activities
2. Oral sensitivity to hot or cold food, sweets, or eating crunchy foods. 
3. Discolored spots forming on your teeth. 
4. Bad breath that won't go away with mouth wash or teeth brushing. 
5. A bad taste in your mouth
 
Treating Tooth Decay
 
If your dentist diagnoses you with tooth decay, there are several different treatment options depending on the extent of the tooth decay and the damage, if any, to the gums. 
 
Fluoride Gel can be used to protect teeth and make them strong. The treatment is done in office and is great for people suffering from very mild tooth decay. You may be able to reverse the signs of decay if you change your diet, limit your sugar intake, and keep good brushing habits. 
 
Fillings are one of the most common treatments for tooth decay. The dentist will take out the decay and fill in the hole left behind with a composite filling. These used to be silver but are not available in tooth colors or white. 
 
Root Canals are necessary if the decay has made its way all the way into the root or pulp of the tooth where the nerve endings are located. This procedure involves using an implant to steady the tooth after it is hollowed out. 
 
Extraction can be used if the tooth is decayed beyond saving or if the infected tooth is harming the gums or other nearby teeth. 
 
Most of these treatments should be covered under your insurance plan. Make sure to check with your dental office and insurer before agreeing to any procedures. Financial assistance may also be available through state agencies for low income residents. 
 
Call Port Orchard Dentistry today with any questions you may have at (360) 876-6388.
 

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