When people go in for a routine dental appointment, most are hoping to receive a clean bill of oral health. However, it is not uncommon for minor dental problems to develop in between dental appointments. As long as patients maintain a routine schedule of checkups, these problems should be minor and relatively easy to address.
One of the most common dental complications is a cavity. Cavities are small areas of decay that compromise the structure of the tooth. Restorative dentistry treatments eliminate damaged tooth enamel and replace it with a strong and protective restoration. This not only restores the health of the tooth, but also helps to prevent more serious complications.
Unfortunately, some patients neglect routine dental exams, or the follow-up care that is recommended. This is when problems, such as tooth loss, can develop. We help patients avoid tooth loss from cavities through restorative treatment at our Charlotte, NC dental practice, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney.
Because cavities are such a common dental problem, many patients fail to take the condition seriously. Some patients are not concerned when they hear they have a dental cavity; as a result, they may delay necessary restorative dentistry treatment. By postponing treatment, patients increase the risk of further dental complications, including tooth loss. Tooth decay is a progressive condition. As decay advances, tooth loss becomes more of a risk. Below are the basic stages of tooth decay:
In most circumstances, a dental cavity will not lead to tooth loss. These minor cases of decay can be effectively treated with a dental filling. During treatment, our experienced dentist will clean the affected tooth to remove any damaged tooth enamel. Then, a tooth-colored composite resin will be applied directly to the surface of the tooth. This material is shaped to the tooth so that it restores damaged enamel while maintaining the aesthetics of the tooth.
A dental filling strengthens the tooth, protects its inner nerves and tissues, and creates a barrier to block out harmful bacteria. As long as patients maintain a routine schedule of dental exams and cleanings, and undergo any necessary restorative dentistry treatment in a timely manner, there is no reason that a dental cavity should lead to tooth loss.
General dentistry services are a patient’s greatest defense against advanced dental complications and tooth loss. If you are due for a routine dental exam and are looking for caring and professional dental care, you will find what you are looking for at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our full range of dental services.