When it comes to tooth decay, catching it early can make all the difference. If you take action as soon as you notice minimal decay, it can often be repaired. Delaying treatment may cause extensive decay that will need to be removed. At Ocean Dental Care, we’ll recommend treatment based on how severely your teeth have been damaged by the decay. We will always discuss your options with you before proceeding with treatment.
If the enamel of your tooth has been dissolved by plaque — making a tiny cavity — the solution is often as easy as a filling. Ocean Dental Care can remove the decayed portion of your tooth, and fill the space with metal or porcelain.
If a tooth already contains several fillings — or has a large amount of decay — we could suggest a crown. This encircles (or “caps”) your tooth, protecting it and keeping it strong. Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain fused to metal, or pure white porcelain (to resemble a natural tooth).
The space within the root of each of your teeth is called a ‘root canal and within that canal there is dental pulp that consists of soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Tooth decay or trauma can cause damage to your dental pulp, which results in infection that if left untreated can spread to the bone around your tooth, resulting in the loss of the tooth. To save the tooth, your dentist will first remove the dental pulp and then the area that held the pulp is cleaned and shaped to hold a specialized filler material that will protect your tooth from any more infection and reduce any sensitivity of the tooth. Once the root canal is cleaned, filled and restored, your tooth is capped with a crown that protects the mended root canal and looks and functions like a normal tooth.
If your tooth is badly decayed, we could recommend removing the infected tooth and giving you a bridge. We’ll reduce the size of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, so the bridge can use these teeth as supports for an artificial tooth in the middle.
When you have several teeth missing from different areas of your upper or lower jaw, a partial denture can restore your
biting and chewing abilities as well bring back a beautiful smile and retain the shape of your mouth. Partial dentures
can be either fixed or removable and can be designed to use adjoining teeth as support or be secured by dental
implants, which are titanium screws that are permanently placed in your jawbone. A full denture is needed if all of your teeth have been extracted, and the prosthesis that replaces your teeth, can be conventional removable dentures or implant-supported dentures.