While teeth are the most beautiful part of a smile, our ignorance towards them may reverse the bliss we could really have. Toothless smiles might look adorable in babies and the elderly, for anybody young, it can be the worst nightmare anyone of us can ever have. If we don’t care well for our teeth in time, we might see the nightmares come true. It’s hard and terrifying to imagine a toothless smile, or one rotten tooth among all the sparkling ones.
Who wants to go through embarrassing tooth decays? None of you reading this wants to. Right? So let’s read a little more than what we know about treating teeth with health.
Did you know that dental health influences, and affects our overall health and well-being?
That’s exactly what your need to know before letting your teeth decay. But if your teeth are already in trouble, you can treat them in time. Here we’re going to talk about treatments for teeth decay.
To begin with, here’s a glance over tooth decay:
Tooth decay takes place step-by-step and it all begins with bacterial growth. Your mouth is a hub for both good, and bad bacteria. Good bacteria regulates the effects of bad bacteria, and helps you fight off diseases. When you eat certain foods rich in carbs and sugars, your mouth teems up with the bad bacteria which feed on these foods. The bacteria in your mouth form plaque which produces acids that eat away the tooth. This results to teeth decay and you may even lose them if you don’t treat them in time.
Treating Tooth Decay
Treatments for tooth decay depend on the severity of the problem. If the decay is diagnosed early, before it forms a cavity, you’re lucky! You can stop it by getting fluoride supplements like toothpaste and other fluoride treatments. That’s one good reason to push yourself for a visit to your dentist.
If the decay has already attacked your tooth enamel, you may need some of these treatments:
- Tooth fillings: A filling to fill the cavity, in the tooth. Your dentist removes the decay and fills the hole with a filling material.
- Crowns: If the decay is severe and a large amount of decay needs to be removed, a crown is used as a replacement for the damaged part of your tooth. They are made of metal or porcelain, and are fixed covering the damaged part of your tooth.
- Root canal: A root canal might be needed if the pulp in your tooth is infected. – A root canal treatment removes the infected pulp of the tooth.
- Tooth extraction: If the root of the tooth is severely damaged, an extraction also may be needed to avoid the infection from spreading.
- Bridge/implant: Your dentist might replace the damaged tooth with a bridge or an implant to restore your profile and bite.
- Fluoride: Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens the tooth’s enamel. It makes your teeth decay resistant and fights the damage caused by acids and bacteria. Fluoride treatments also contribute in preventing early signs of tooth decay.
Bacteria can travel all the way into your bloodstreams from your mouth. So it makes it all the more imperative that you maintain good oral health. And that starts with cleaning your teeth well and having regular dental talks with your dentist.
About Dr. Gowtham Kattamuri
Dr. Gowtham has done his BDS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006 and MDS – Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. He is a skilled Endodontist with an experience of over 10 years. Dr. Gowtham is specialized in replacement of teeth, Dental Implants, prosthetics for maxillofacial defects such as artificial eye, ear, nose and orbital defects, Smile Makeovers with laminates, Zirconia, veneers metal free ceramics. He also performs general dental procedures such as restorations and extractions. He also is trained as an International Patient Coordinator.
ABOUT THE CLINIC:
GA Dental Clinics is a standout amongst the all the famous dental hospitals in Hyderabad, owing to the world class infrastructure it has, and the utility of leading edge technology at the clinic. Besides its unique infrastructure and highly qualified specialists, GA Dental believes in delivering services at par with global standards.