Statistics say that you and most of your loved ones will have at least one cavity each in your lifetime. Specifically, the National Institutes of Health has found that more than 92 percent of American adults will develop one cavity or more in their lifetimes.
The question you need to ask is: Will you be nice to your smile or will you let tooth decay keep being naughty?
The best way to deal with tooth decay is preventing it by brushing and flossing daily and getting professional dental cleanings, which we are happy to provide at Overmeyer Family Dental.
Nevertheless, if you or someone in your family does develop a cavity, taking care of it early can save you money and spare you pain in the long run. To schedule your next dental checkup at our Orlando, FL dentist office, either call (407) 603-3839 or contact us online.
Fillings For Small Cavities
Sometimes cavities happen in spite of your best efforts to prevent them. If you seek treatment early, you can take care of the tooth decay and restore your tooth relatively easily with a dental filling.
By getting your filling at our office, most people won’t know that you ever had a cavity … unless you tell them. We offer tooth-colored fillings for our patients. Unlike metal fillings, which are made of gold or amalgam, our fillings blend in with your smile and look like a natural part of your tooth.
All dental fillings will restore the function of your smile and help prevent tooth decay from returning. Unfortunately, metal fillings have a way of standing out, which lets other people know that you recently (or maybe not so recently) had a cavity.
By getting a tooth-colored filling made of composite resin, you can restore the function of your tooth while maintaining your smile, too.
Dental Crowns For Large Cavities
Tooth decay isn’t going to go away on its own. If you don’t seek treatment for a cavity or you don’t realize that you have one, it may become too large to fix with just a dental filling.
Fortunately, you have the option of getting a metal-free dental crown at our office.
When your cavity is too large for a filling, a crown acts as a cap that fits over the tooth instead. In order to support the crown, we will reshape your tooth into an abutment. When your crown is ready, we will bond it in place.
Your metal-free crown will look like one of your natural teeth. It also will allow you to continue eating all the foods that you love.
There is another time when a dental crown is a better option for restoring a tooth that has been damaged by decay.
Fillings are a great way to repair small cavities, but they don’t last forever. It’s normal to have fillings replaced as they become worn out. Unfortunately, each replacement can wear down your tooth a little more, too.
In time, you may find that a dental crown is a better long-term replacement option.
Root Canals For When Tooth Decay Become Painful
We would love it if we never had to perform another root canal. But, we also know that too many people wait until they are suffering from the pain of a toothache before they visit the dentist.
When this happens, a root canal treatment often is the best way to end your pain and to restore the function of your tooth. Root canals are needed when tooth decay eats through your enamel, through your dentin, and into the pulp, which is a soft connective tissue at the center of your tooth.
The pulp chamber also has blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp is infected (by bacteria that cause tooth decay), it becomes inflamed. This can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and the near-constant pain of a toothache.
A root canal is how we remove the infected pulp, blood vessels, and nerves from your tooth. After cleaning the tooth and filling it, we finish the procedure by placing a dental crown so your tooth looks and feels natural again.
When Will You Visit Us?
Our team at Overmeyer Family Dental hopes to see you regularly for dental cleanings and exams. This is our best chance to help prevent tooth decay or at least find them when a filling is all you need to fix your cavity.