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Dealing with Dental Decay!

Tooth decay is one of the most common preventable illnesses. It is caused by bacteria and can be prevented very easily by making healthy lifestyle choices and being diligent when it comes to oral hygiene.

What causes decay?

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria, which release plaque acids that attack and wear away the protective outer layer of the tooth, known as the enamel. When the enamel is weak, holes known as cavities form and if decay is left untreated, infection can spread to other parts of the teeth and the gums.

Plaque acids are released by bacteria in plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance made when leftover bits of food join with saliva and bacteria. It clings to the teeth and gum line and is the main risk factor for decay and gum disease.

Signs of tooth decay

Sometimes it is possible to see holes in the tooth surface, but this is not always the case. However, you may be able to feel a hole with your tongue. Additional symptoms of decay include toothache and tooth pain, heightened sensitivity and a feeling of weakness in the tooth, especially when you chew or bite down with it.

What can be done for decay?

If you have a cavity, the most common course of action is to fill the hole. We recommend white fillings because they are strong, safe and aesthetically pleasing. A filling helps to restore the strength of the tooth, as well as improving the aesthetic and reducing the risk of spreading infection. The procedure is fairly straightforward and the tooth will be numbed beforehand to prevent any pain.

In order to prevent decay, we recommend a good daily oral hygiene regime, regular dental appointments and a healthy diet.

Dental implants from Maldon dentists: The secure and permanent solution for tooth loss

Tooth loss is something that we all try our very best to avoid at all costs but unfortunately life sometimes deals us a hand that we wish it hadn’t. A one off accident for example, might cause a tooth or teeth to become dislodged from the mouth, or a period of dental decay can have the same effect. What many people don’t know is that it is gum disease that is actually responsible for the most cases of tooth loss in the United Kingdom.

Whatever the cause, if you have lost a tooth or teeth, you will probably be wondering what is next and where you go from here. The important thing is to do something rather than nothing. The efficient functionality of your mouth requires there to be a full set of teeth. If you leave gaps in your mouth where there should be teeth then the surrounding teeth can start to shift into the gaps. In cases where a number of teeth have been lost the cheeks can sag inwards and you might look older than you really are.

One option which deserves your string consideration is that of dental implants, a truly permanent solution to tooth loss. Dental implants work by replicating the lost root part of the tooth in the form of what is essentially a socket placed into the gum. A replacement tooth can then be secured into the socket and you won’t even have to think about the fact that you once had a missing tooth.

Ask your Maldon dentist for a consultation to find out if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. They can even support a bridge of replacement teeth because they provide such a stable foundation. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Maldon dentists help prevent dental decay

Dental decay can occur if plaque is left on your teeth without being effectively removed. Your teeth have a natural defence in their enamel coating but plaque weakens this, allowing acids in the sugary and starchy foods you eat to attack your teeth. Small holes or caries appear. These are extremely painful and can lead to extra problems without effective treatment. Dental decay is most common in children but can occur at any age.

If your diet is poor or you do not pursue a satisfactory oral health regime at home, you are at increased risk of dental decay. Sugary and starchy foods can be particularly dangerous for your teeth as they compromise the enamel and allow plaque to flourish. When plaques enters your teeth, nerves are affected and great pain results. Stopping dental decay is just another reason why it is important to eat a balanced diet. Brushing and flossing should always be done twice a day but by doing it after you’ve eaten sugary or starchy foods, you are giving yourself extra protection against dental decay

When you age your teeth are subjected to wear and tear over a lifetime of our teeth being in use. Thus dental decay becomes more likely the older you get. By avoiding smoking tobacco you can lessen your chances of suffering dental decay. The activity of smoking causes less saliva to be produced and plaque can survive as a result. It is important too to drink tap water as it is fortified with fluoride which helps protect your teeth from plaque.

Tooth ache might be a sign of dental decay as your nerves are attacked by plaque which enters the tooth through caries. You may find that you are experiencing bad breath or odd tastes in your mouth and eating drinking might become painful. Contact your Maldon dentist if you experience any of these symptoms. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Protect damaged teeth with dental crown from Billericay dentist

When teeth are damaged either by decay or accident, the pain is caused by the exposure of the sensitive dental nerve located at the centre of the tooth. In a normal functioning tooth the nerve is protected by a layer of pulp and dentine and then finally covered with a layer of hard protective enamel. When a tooth suffers form decay this enamel is broken down exposing the softer central parts of the tooth and dental nerve to infection and extremes of hot and cold. This can lead to painful toothache and even tooth loss.

Holes in the enamel therefore need to be filled with a protective substance to replace the enamel. These are commonly known as fillings but in certain circumstances, a filling is not enough to protect the tooth from further damage and more extensive protection is needed. In this case dentists uses what is called a crown to offer a greater degree of protection to the tooth. A crown covers the whole of the tooth exposed above the gum and can be made form metal, porcelain or a combination of the two, although most patients today prefer porcelain because of the aesthetic qualities it offers.

Crowns are also used for teeth that have been cracked and damaged by injury to the face. Cracked or broken teeth can be very painful and if they cannot be repaired with dental bonding then they too will require a crown from a Billericay dentist to prevent further pain.

The crown is manufactured to closely resemble the shape pf the existing tooth before being cemented over the top to act as a protective barrier. It may be necessary to remove some existing enamel to allow the crown to fit comfortably over the top. A dental crown can last longer than fifteen years if properly cared for. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Deep cleaning from dental hygienist at Billericay dentist

It is common today that a visit to the dentist may also involve an appointment with the dental hygienist. A hygienist’s role is to professionally clean the teeth for a patient using techniques known as scaling and polishing. This specifically involves removing plaque build up and solidified plaque known as tartar which cannot be removed by brushing.

A dental hygienist works in tandem with the dentist by offering advice and cleaning demonstrations on the best way to prevent plaque build up and dental decay at home. They can also develop individually tailored cleaning plans for each patient reducing the risk of future dental concerns.

More and more dental surgeries are using dental hygienists and noticing the overall improvement for patient’s teeth. Professionally qualified, a hygienist will often be able to spend longer with you than a dentist and it is often possible to book their services by the hour. Also, because they don’t have the same caseload as the dentist they can offer a more focused treatment session.

Dental hygienists have recently been approved and trained to take x-rays which enables them to diagnose problems and suggest possible treatments. They are also fully trained to apply fluoride treatments and offer smoking cessation advice. They can also offer smokers the best advice on how to effectively clean teeth to prevent tobacco staining.

Dental hygienists are a relatively new adition to the dental health canon but they are a very valuable one. As well as reducing waiting times for all patients, they are an invaluable weapon in the war against dental decay and gum disease. At your next visit to a dentist enquire about making an appointment with the dental hygienist and you could leave the surgery with a thoroughly cleaned and healthy set of teeth. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.