Your teeth do a lot for you. They make up most of your smile. They help you eat the foods that you enjoy, and they affect how you speak.
Losing even a single tooth can change any or all of those things. That’s why it’s important to take action as soon as you realize something might be wrong with one of your teeth. It’s a good reason to call (832) 791-1706 or contact Texas Dental Group online for an appointment.
At our dentist office in Spring, TX, we will do everything we can to save your tooth so it doesn’t need to be removed and replaced.
What we can do will depend on how much damage has been done. Today, we want to discuss three ways restorative dentistry can help save a tooth.
⬩ 1. Dental Fillings
After preventive care, dental fillings are the first line of defense against cavities.
Cavities start with tooth decay, which is the result of bacteria eating away at the enamel of your teeth. These bacteria live in your mouth. While brushing and flossing help to remove bacteria, you’ll never be able to get rid of all of them.
If enough bacteria gather together, they form plaque, a sticky film. This keeps bacteria close to the tooth, where they can start to eat away at the outer layer of enamel. This is tooth decay, and if it isn’t reversed, the decay can develop into a cavity.
This is when a dental filling is in order. Today, we are happy to be able to provide tooth-colored dental fillings for our patients. To prepare your tooth for the filling, we will first remove the decay, then fill in the hole with a composite resin.
After the resin is hardened and polished, it will look and feel like a natural part of your tooth. Unless you tell other people about it, they may never know that you had a cavity.
⬩ 2. Dental Crowns
If the decay continues to eat away at your tooth, then the cavity may become too large for a filling to fix it. Decay also can weaken a tooth to a point where a filling may be ineffective for restoring the function of your tooth.
In these cases, a dental crown is the better option. A crown can restore the shape and function of the tooth, and it can offer protection against further decay.
The first step in getting a dental crown is removing the decayed parts of the tooth. In so doing, our dentist also reshapes the healthy part of the tooth to support your dental crown. Permanent crowns are made of materials such as porcelain and zirconia that look natural and can provide the same day-to-day function as real teeth.
You may need to wear a temporary crown while your permanent crown is being made. Once the permanent crown is complete, it will be bonded to your tooth, and your tooth will look as good as it did before the decay.
⬩ 3. Root Canal Treatments
We know what you may be thinking because we’ve seen how many patients react upon learning that they need a root canal. You may be worried that a root canal treatment will be painful, and you may wonder if you want to go through with it.
In modern dentistry, we have many ways to make this procedure as pain-free as possible. With with use of local anesthetic, sedation dentistry, or a combination of both, we can provide a painless root canal for you.
Root canals are needed when a tooth becomes infected. In the case of tooth decay, this occurs when bacteria eats through the enamel and the softer layer of dentin to reach the pulp, a connective tissue at the center of your tooth. When the pulp is infected, it can become inflamed and this can be quite painful. A root canal is our way of removing the infection from the tooth and sanitizing the tooth. We then fill the tooth with a substance that helps it retain its shape. We finish by sealing the tooth (often with a dental crown) to restore your smile as well as your ability to bite and chew.
Seek Help As Soon As You Can
The sooner you seek help in the fight against tooth decay, the simpler the solution will be. This is also why we emphasize the importance of preventive care, including professional dental cleanings and exams.
If you have not yet made your next dental appointment, today is a great day for you to contact our dentist office in Spring, TX. All you have to do is call (832) 791-1706 of fill out our online form to request an appointment.