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Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, is the second most common disease in the world, after the common cold. It can ruin a smile by decimating teeth, causing pain and sensitivity and even result in tooth loss. Catching the effects of tooth decay before they cause irreparable damage is key. Fortunately, it can be fixed with a tooth-colored filling or root canal to keep the decay at bay.
Contrary to popular belief, tooth decay is not caused by sugar alone. Instead, bacteria that get into your mouth eat up the leftover food particles from meals. If you don’t brush your teeth after a big meal, these bacteria continue to eat. As they consume, they dispense waste in the forms of acids.
To make matters worse, bacteria can colonize your teeth in the form of plaque and tartar. Enamel begins to break down, exposing more sensitive layers of the tooth and damaging the areas where your toothbrush can’t reach, like under the gums. The more you neglect your oral healthcare, the more tooth decay can take hold, leaving dark pits and holes in your teeth.
So, what can be done to stop tooth decay in its tracks? Tooth-colored fillings are an attractive restoration that repair the tooth and prevent the cavity from spreading.
In the past, cavities were often filled in with mercury metal, but nowadays people are wary about having a potentially toxic metal like this in their mouths. Instead, Dr. Tharp and Dr. Klaus have invested in tooth-colored composite fillings, a cleaner alternative that can be matched to the color of your existing tooth.
Tooth-colored composite fillings can be performed in one appointment, so there’s no need to leave and return for multiple appointments. The space where your decay is present is cleaned and prepared, and then the composite material is put in place. Dr. Tharp and Dr. Klaus can even shape this new filling so that it looks and feels natural.
While fillings work to stop tooth decay at the first warning signs, sometimes it’s already too late and the decay has spread to the more vulnerable layers of your tooth. If you’re suffering from a throbbing toothache that won’t go away, contact our dentist in Jackson right away at 601-939-4100. You might require root canal therapy to save your tooth.
There are a number of things that could cause a toothache, such as a cavity. If you wait too long to treat your cavity, the infection can get so bad that it becomes necessary to extract the tooth.
Fortunately, there’s an alternative treatment called root canal therapy which allows us to save your tooth. Every year millions of teeth that would otherwise be extracted are restored to their natural function through root canal therapy.
Only your dentist can determine the appropriate course of treatment, but there are signs that indicate you require immediate dental attention. If you have an intense toothache and your tooth is also sensitive to hot or cold liquids, that’s one indicator that you might need a root canal therapy.
You should also look to see if the tooth changes color, especially if it turns grey or brown. If there’s swelling at the base of the tooth, that means you could have an abscess, which is an indication that the infection is spreading.
Your tooth is made of three layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the outer layer. It’s white and strong to protect the tooth. The next layer, dentin, is softer than enamel and yellowish in color. The innermost layer is called the pulp.
Dental pulp is made up of nerve tissue, blood vessels, and connective tissue that nourish the tooth. Root canal therapy becomes necessary when an infection penetrates all the way down to the dental pulp. This infection could be the result of physical trauma, an untreated cavity, or an existing crack or fissure in the tooth.
With root canal therapy, our dentist in Jackson numbs the surgical site and makes a tiny hole in the tooth to remove the infected pulp. Then the hollow region of the tooth is refilled with a permanent material known as gutta-percha.
Next, we restore the tooth using a dental crown. The crown will protect your tooth and it’s designed to blend in with your smile. Thanks to our advanced CEREC technology, we can fabricate your crown right here in our office. That means you don’t have to wait several days for your crown to come back from the lab.
Many patients may not know that tooth decay is contagious, with the ability to spread to other teeth and continue the cycle of disease. Tooth-colored fillings and root canals are key to preventing this, along with a rigorous oral hygiene routine.
With fillings and root canals, you can prevent bacteria from continuing to erode away at the tooth, especially since they are not organic materials.
If you currently have mercury or silver amalgam fillings and are interested in tooth-colored fillings, ask Drs. Tharp and Klaus about what you can do to swap them out for tooth-colored fillings instead.
Are you suffering from rampant tooth decay or worry that there’s an underlying cause for your tooth pain or sensitivity? Contact us at Tharp & Klaus in Jackson, MS and we’ll be happy to schedule you for a consultation. Discover what fillings and root canals can do to save your smile.
Consult With Dentists Dr. Tharp & Dr. Klaus
whether you need a teeth cleaning, oral screening, or restorative dental care in Jackson, MS, trust in our team to deliver quality dental services that will leave you with a smile. We believe that each and every patient that walks through our door deserves a great smile, and we’ll work with you to find the treatments that fit your needs. During our consultations, you’ll be able to ask your questions one-on-one, get evaluated, and learn more about the ins and outs of your dental treatment.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today; you deserve a beautiful brilliant smile.