Tooth Decay Treatment

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Cavities are a fairly common dental problem that can usually be corrected with a simple filling. However, very large cavities, or those that result in infection, may need more extensive treatment by an endodontic specialist.

Tooth decay can affect just the surface of the tooth, or may go way down into the pulp and root. If this occurs, inflammation and infection may result. This can lead to pain or an abscess. An endodontist in Los Angeles can help to decide on the best course of treatment.

It is important to remove all of the decayed matter and infected material from inside of the tooth. The root may also be removed in a root canal if this is determined to be the best way to save your tooth. Your endodontist may repair or remove part of the root or any damage to the surrounding bone. Once all decay and infection is removed, a filling can be used in order to restore function to your teeth. Be sure to follow all aftercare instructions as provided by your endodontist for best results.

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Tooth Decay and Its Treatment Options

When the plaque in your mouth feed on sugar, they create a harmful acid byproduct that eats away at the enamel of your tooth. This process is known as tooth decay. Treatment of tooth decay depends on the level of severity.

If the acid has only started to eat away at your enamel and a cavity has not yet formed, it may be possible to treat the decay with fluoride toothpaste. If enough enamel has been destroyed to the point that a cavity has developed, then a dentist will need to remove the decayed portion of your tooth and restore it with a dental filling. Dental fillings can be made of gold, silver amalgam, composite, and ceramic. If your tooth has been severely damaged by decay, the tooth may no longer be able to support itself when our Los Angeles endodontist removes the decayed portion. In this case, you will be fit with a crown. If tooth decay has reached the pulp of the tooth, then a root canal treatment will become necessary. In this procedure, the infected pulp is removed from the root canal of your tooth. The root canal is then flushed and cleaned, and an antibiotic may be administered to heal the infection. Once the root canal treatment is finished, a crown will be placed over the treated tooth for support.

If you are suffering from tooth decay, contact our expert in tooth decay treatment in Los Angeles to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay

Tips for Preventing Tooth DecayPreventive dentistry is a whole lot easier on everyone than restorative dentistry because preventing problems is much easier to handle than repairing problems. Obviously this means brushing your teeth twice a day or after every meal. And you should also be flossing your teeth at least once a day to remove bacteria caught between the teeth and gums. But part of your preventive dentistry plan should also include regular visit to our dentist in Beverly Hills because we have the tools to detect problems and treat them before they get out of hand.

The American Dental Association recommends seeing a dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning and examination. Our expert in preventive dentistry in Beverly Hills will clean your teeth to remove any plaque and extrinsic stains. We will also need to take X-rays to examine your underlying oral structures to see if any problems are developing that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Our dentist also offers several techniques to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. We can give you a fluoride treatment to help remineralize your teeth and to strengthen the enamel. We can also apply dental sealants to your teeth, which make it much harder for cavities to develop. Talk to your dentist about your preventative options.