Taking care of your smile is a lifelong process, and one that can often use a bit more work and effort than many are currently putting into it. While your teeth may be protected by the strongest substance in the human body, that does not mean that they are indestructible or invincible. Indeed, your smile is constantly fending off oral threats without that much of a natural defense, so it is no wonder your dentist encourages you to participate in regular preventive care. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist takes a look at situations in which dental extraction is needed, as well as what you can expect from the process.
Your smile is constantly on the defensive against oral bacteria, germs, structural damage, and so much more. While a thorough preventive dental routine can provide a strong foundation for protection, there are some circumstances that are immune to preventive measures. Indeed, infection may even arise and settle in without your awareness, and before you know it, you are dealing with a major complication on your hands. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist explains how tooth decay spreads and why your level of damage may warrant the need for a root canal.
Taking care of your smile is a lifelong process and one that requires much more than you might initially think. Indeed, your grin’s appearance holds a significant amount of weight, but a beautiful shine is meaningless if you are facing the effects of dental decay and infection. Indeed, a steady combination of cosmetic practices, prevention, and restoration helps pave the way for a lifelong smile, and our team is ready to help. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist explores the role of restorative dentistry, and how it can help salvage your natural teeth.
You’re smile encounters a variety of wear and tear over the years. Indeed, damage can vary from a minor chip or stain to an extremely compromised tooth, and it is for this reason that we practice preventive dentistry. Still, sometimes these factors are out of our control, and additional treatment is needed to restore our smile’s health. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist explores the way dental crowns offer versatility when it comes to caring for your teeth, and how they can provide a lifelike finish.
Functional complications such as chronic teeth grinding or even severe decay can impact a number of tasks in your daily routine, including eating and enunciating. While it is true that your smile’s function is of the utmost importance, sometimes the concern is merely cosmetic in nature, only affecting the manner in which your grin appears. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist discusses the value in having a smile that you love, and how a simple and conservative teeth-whitening treatment can help.
Just as harmful bacteria are at the core of major periodontal concerns, bacteria can lead to the progression of decay as well. In fact, it only takes slipping up on your preventive dental routine one time too many for the concern to quickly get out of hand. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist will take a look at the manner in which decay progresses and how you can put a stop to it early on with a composite dental filling.
For most adults, making sure their smiles are protected from decay and infection is one of the biggest reasons for attending their routine examination and cleaning. Indeed, most individuals consider these harms the biggest threat that could bar them from maintaining a healthy smile for life. For others, however, the biggest threat is not oral bacteria, but a condition that causes jaw dysfunction. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist will address how bruxism causes structural damage and misalignment and how you can combat it with a custom appliance.
When a tooth develops a cavity, then your North Hollywood, CA, dentist will often treat the issue with a lifelike composite resin filling. But what if the tooth has an infection, or a painful abscess? A filling may not be enough, which is why we offer an endodontic procedure, often referred to as a root canal, to restore your smile’s health and function!
If you develop a cavity in your tooth, then the good news is that it can likely be treated conservatively with a tooth-colored filling. However, if you don’t treat the cavity as soon as possible, then it may have a chance to progress and lead to increasingly damage to your tooth and harm to your oral health. Today, we examine what a cavity is and what happens when it gets worse, along with why it’s important to stop the decay in your tooth as early as possible.
What a cavity means in your tooth
Cavities are common, but not everyone who develops one fully understands what it means for their tooth or oral health. The reason cavities are common is because they form from tooth decay, which is a product of oral bacteria infecting your tooth structure. The cavity that forms as a result of tooth decay is a hole in your tooth’s main structure, and this hole will grow increasingly larger as tooth decay becomes more severe. Most importantly, the tooth structure that’s lost as the cavity grows will be lost permanently, which is why treating a cavity as soon as possible is imperative to preserving your tooth and oral health.
What happens when it progresses
The earliest stages of cavity development aren’t as severe as its later stages, which is why some people may mistake their cavities as minor concerns. For example, their tooth might grow sensitive as oral bacteria erode the enamel around it, and the sensitivity can grow more intense as the cavity progresses. In addition to the feeling of sensitivity in your tooth, the damage to its structure and the harm caused to its structural integrity will also grow worse the more tooth decay progresses. In more severe cases of tooth decay, saving the tooth could require more extensive treatment to remove the tooth’s nerves and tissues from inside of its inner chamber.
Saving your tooth from decay
The most effective way to save a tooth that’s developed decay is to remove the decay. When treating a mild or moderate cavity, this can typically be accomplished by cleaning out the cavity to remove infected tooth structure and oral bacteria from within it. Then, your dentist can fill the cavity with a biocompatible, tooth-colored material to restore the tooth’s health, strength, and integrity. However, if your tooth decay and cavity get worse, then you may require root canal treatment to remove the infection from within the inner pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth.
Learn more about treating your cavity
Treating a cavity as soon as possible is the only way to stop it from getting worse. 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.
It’s never a good idea to wait too long to receive any dental treatment. When a concern develops with your healthy, natural tooth structure and/or oral tissues, it’s likely to get worse over time, until you actively stop it by having it treated. Cavities, which are the most frequent concern for patients of all ages, pose the same problem, and they can become more severe faster than patients often realize. While you may be able to treat a cavity in its mild to moderate stages with a convenient tooth filling, it may require more extensive treatment to resolve if you wait to long to receive the filling.
The reason your tooth needs a filling
Tooth fillings are designed to treat cavities, which develop in a tooth when it starts to decay. This decay is an infection in the tooth’s structure caused by certain harmful types of oral bacteria, and it’s a progressive condition that grows increasingly worse over time. The point of filling a cavity is to clean away the bacteria that have infected the tooth, as well as any infected tooth structure, then filling the space with a biocompatible material to restore the tooth’s strength and integrity. The cavity results from the erosion of your tooth’s natural structure, and restoring this structure is essential to restoring and preserving your tooth.
The point of the treatment process
When you treat a tooth for tooth decay, the point of the treatment process is largely to stop the decay from progressing any further. This will help you preserve the remaining healthy, natural tooth structure and protect it from becoming decayed. The treatment also serves to restore the tooth’s strength and integrity after it’s lost some of its structure to the decay. Any loss of a tooth’s structure can cause it to grow weaker, making it more likely to suffer more damage from bite pressure.
The result of waiting in severe cases
When you treat a cavity as early as possible, you can stop the decay while it’s still in its mild or moderate stages. The more moderate extent of the tooth infection means that your dentist can successfully treat and restore the tooth with minimally invasive treatment, such as cleaning and filling the cavity. However, it may not take long for tooth decay to become more severe if you hesitate to treat it early, and severe tooth decay involves the infection of much more than just your tooth’s main structure. For more extensive cases of tooth decay, you might require root canal treatment to save the tooth.
Learn how a filling can save your tooth
If your tooth needs a filling, then waiting too long to treat it could lead to more severe decay within the tooth’s structure. 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.