If you develop a cavity, you may assume a metal restoration is in your future. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. We’re proud to offer our North Hollywood, CA patients a lifelike alternative to metal fillings. In today’s blog, we’re answering questions about natural looking dental fillings.
The good news about today’s dental health care is that even issues that can affect virtually everyone, such as tooth decay, can be easily prevented or dealt with. This means more patients can enjoy healthy, natural smiles for life, even if they do happen to develop a progressive dental issue. For instance, in the case of tooth decay, advanced treatment doesn’t just address your issue in the short-term, but also helps you preserve your oral health in the long-term, as well. Today, we examine how modern dental care in North Hollywood, CA, helps you make sure tooth decay doesn’t come back after you’ve successfully treated it.
Treating Your Tooth’s Immediate Concerns
Tooth decay is an infection in your tooth that results from harmful oral bacteria eroding your tooth enamel. It progresses by infecting more and more of your main tooth structure, called dentin, and therefore, the most immediate concern in treating it is stopping the infection from growing worse. This requires removing the harmful bacteria and infected tooth structure, then repairing it with an appropriate restoration. In many cases, that means filling the cavity in your tooth with biocompatible, tooth-colored composite resin. In more severe cases, it may require more involved root canal treatment, which includes removing infected nerves and tissues from your tooth’s pulp and root canal.
Ensuring Your Tooth Remains Safe
While modern tooth decay treatments are highly effective at removing the decay, they’re also designed specifically to promote the long-term health and integrity of your teeth. For instance, the composite resin used for most fillings not only blends in with your natural tooth structure, but also adheres more securely to it than traditional materials like metal amalgam. This ensures that, in the future, any harmful oral bacteria that your tooth encounters won’t be able to re-infect the exposed structure within your cavity.
Learn How to Defeat Tooth Decay for Good
Treating tooth decay isn’t just about immediately removing the infection from your tooth, but also ensuring your tooth remains safe from decay in the future, as well. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
The bad thing about bad breath is that you probably won’t realize you have it until after everyone else does first. Their reactions can make your condition a potentially endless source of embarrassment, and for many patients, it persists until they seek professional help from their dentists. That’s because, in most cases, chronic bad breath (officially known as halitosis) is just a symptom of something else that needs your attention. Today, we explore a few important facts about chronic bad breath and how you can mitigate its effects to stop it from affecting your daily life.
Things Your Really Should Know
- Chronic bad breath isn’t the same as common bad breath. For example, most people commonly have bad breath when they first wake up in the morning. That’s because oral bacteria that produce foul-smelling chemicals gather more frequently when you sleep and your saliva dries up. However, for some patients, chronic bad breath might just be a similar case to morning breath, but with a bacteria presence so strong that even brushing and flossing can’t eliminate them.
- The good news is that professional dental cleaning should be able to clear up your excessive oral bacteria buildup, and therefore, your chronic case of bad breath. If you stick to a regular schedule of checkups and cleanings, then this should happen naturally. However, the presence of so many oral bacteria also means your risks of things like tooth decay and gum disease are also heightened. When such issues develop, they can also cause or exacerbate your bad breath, and eliminating it will require addressing the issue with more involved treatment.
- No matter what the cause of your chronic bad breath is, your best bet for getting rid of it is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Even if it isn’t time for your regularly scheduled checkup and cleaning, your dentist will have to diagnose the cause of your bad breath before recommending an appropriate and effective treatment plan.
Find Out How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Permanently
When bad breath persists, it can affect your daily life in several negative ways. Knowing why will help you and your dentist eliminate it so you can go back to being you again. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
Tooth decay affects over 90% of adults to some degree, but everyone’s condition is different. Tooth decay can range from the excessive erosion of your tooth enamel (the outer layer) to the severe infection of your tooth’s pulp (its inner chamber), and any stage between. Because each stage of decay involves a different level of damage and infection to your tooth, addressing your condition will first require thoroughly diagnosing your tooth infection. Then, your dentist can recommend the most appropriate treatment for eliminating the decay and restoring your tooth.
Mild to moderate cavity
As oral bacteria weaken your enamel, the layer around your tooth can eventually develop a small hole. That hole is the beginning stage of the cavity that decay causes in your tooth structure, and it grows larger the longer your condition is left untreated. Fortunately, cavities remain mild to moderate as long as they’re located within your tooth’s main structure, called dentin. Once it’s detected, your dentist can stop the decay and cavity from growing worse with a custom, mercury-free, tooth-colored filling.
Internal tooth decay
When decay reaches the pulp chamber at the center of your tooth’s dentin, it officially becomes internal tooth decay, meaning your tooth’s nerves and tissues have become infected. The pain from internal decay is severe, and it can only be relieved by removing the infected tissues and sealing the pulp (along with the root canal connected to it) through root canal therapy. If performed early enough, root canal therapy can stop decay from ravishing what’s left of your tooth structure and spreading through the root canal connected to the pulp.
Find the Best Treatment for Your Cavity
The best way to treat your specific cavity will depend on the exact severity of your tooth decay. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
Some problems with your dental health are obvious. For example, if your tooth hurts, then there’s likely something wrong with it. However, exactly what that trouble is and how you should address it isn’t as obvious. In fact, you won’t know for sure until you visit your dentist for a thorough examination and diagnosis. For many patients, the condition behind their toothache is more severe than they realize, and in the case of tooth infection, the only way to find relief may be with root canal treatment.
The Signs of Tooth Trouble
When it comes to tooth decay (a progressive infection in your tooth caused by oral bacteria), the extent of your toothache can give you a hint as to how severe it is. If your tooth is slightly sensitive when you eat or drink something cold or hot, then your tooth may be in the early stages of decay, during which the protective enamel grows weak and compromised. If you wait until your toothache becomes more severe, then more damage will have been done to your tooth structure and more extensive restoration will be needed to fix it.
How Root Canal Treatment Helps
The reason internal tooth infection is so much more severe than moderate decay is because the infection has reached the pulp chamber that houses the tooth’s nerves. Besides the pain, the presence of the infection also poses the risk of further oral health complications, especially if it enters and spreads through the root canal connected to the pulp. Root canal treatment is the process of removing this infection and the infected tissues, then sealing the root canal and pulp to prevent further complications. Because the infected tissues are removed, your toothache will also finally be relived.
Don’t Hesitate to Schedule Your Root Canal Treatment
If you exhibit these or other signs of internal tooth infection, then talk to your dentist about root canal treatment before it’s too late. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.