Dr. Alan Dechter and Dr. Matthew Moy treat patients who suffer from tooth decay in Silver Spring, MD. Dentists often see this common dental problem in people who do not properly care for their teeth. However, dental caries can also run in your family. Our dentists do their best to properly clean out infection and fill cavities correctly the first time. Visit us for dental fillings, cavity protection, and more. Continue reading to learn more about tooth decay and your treatment options in Silver Spring, MD.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Plaque is the main culprit for tooth decay. It is a sticky substance that forms when saliva mixes with sugars or starches from the food and drinks you consume. Bacteria in your mouth thrive on these sugars and starches and produce acid. Plaque is constantly building up on your teeth. Cleaning your teeth often is the only way to remove them. This is why brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day is vital.
Failure to remove plaque allows the acid to erode tooth enamel. It will create small holes in the tooth that will grow bigger and bigger, slowly destroying the tooth.
Tooth Decay Treatment in Silver Spring, MD
Treating dental caries in the early stages is fairly easy. If you visit your dentist every six months for regular check-ups, they will be able to spot a tooth cavity. To treat it, a simple dental filling will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill it in. This will prevent further erosion of the tooth and strengthen it.
Unfortunately, many people avoid their regular dental appointments. When this happens, your dentist cannot spot the decay or treat it. The cavity will grow larger and larger and treatment becomes more difficult. Advanced tooth decay is imminent without treatment. Dechter & Moy Dentistry addresses advanced tooth decay using dental inlays, onlays, dental crowns, root canal treatment, or a tooth extraction.
Dental Inlay or Onlay
If tooth decay is affecting a significant portion of the tooth, you may require a dental inlay or onlay. These are dental restorations that replace the damaged portion of a tooth and are custom-made in a dental laboratory.
A dental inlay is a type of dental filling that is made from a pre-fabricated dental compound, such as gold, porcelain, or composite resin. The dental lab creates the inlay from a mold of your tooth to fit a specific shape. Then, the dentist bonds the dental inlay to the tooth using a special adhesive.
A dental onlay is a dental restoration that treats more extensive decay or a cracked tooth. It is similar to an inlay but extends beyond the cusps of the tooth and covers one or more of them. Dental onlays can consist of gold, porcelain, or composite resin and the dentist also bonds them to the tooth using an adhesive.
If most of the tooth is destroyed, a dental crown is necessary to give the tooth strength and stability. A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth above the gum line, providing protection and support. This makes a dental crown one of the best treatment options for large instances of tooth decay. By placing a crown, your dentist can ensure that your tooth regains its functionality while preventing further damage. Learn more about our dental crowns treatment, visit Dental crowns.
Root Canal Therapy
Sometimes bacteria can get inside the tooth, causing a severe infection. In this case, you need root canal therapy to get rid of the painful infection. Root canal therapy can be necessary to protect a tooth from decay due to a cavity. During root canal therapy, the dentist removes the infected and/or decayed tissue from inside the tooth, or pulp chamber, and roots to prevent the damage from spreading. Without root canal therapy, the infection can cause an abscess and can lead to tooth loss. To learn about the painless root canal treatment available at Dechter and Moy Dentistry, visit Root canals.
If a damaged tooth is beyond repair due to decay, your dentist may need to extract the tooth to protect your oral health. Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from your mouth. A dentist performs this procedure to remove a severely decayed or infected tooth, when there is an excessive amount of crowding in the mouth, or when a tooth has severe injury and is not salvageable. To learn about our tooth removal services, visit Tooth extraction.
Tooth Decay in Children
Incidences of dental caries in baby teeth are rising, especially in children ages 2-11. This could be happening for several reasons. Children tend to consume more sugary foods and drinks and starchy foods high in carbohydrates. Anyone who consumes an excess of these types of food and drinks is at higher risk of developing tooth decay. Combine this with the fact that children do not have the best oral hygiene habits yet and it is easy to see why kids have so many cavities.
One of the main goals at Dechter & Moy Dentistry is to work closely with children to teach them how to properly care for their teeth. Consequently, at each routine check-up, our dentists and staff will spend time with your child, teaching them proper oral hygiene habits. We will show them how to brush their teeth and floss effectively. Additionally, our dentists and staff will explain to them the importance of caring for their teeth. We will also spend time with parents and teach them how to care for their child’s teeth at each age.
Schedule a dental visit to our Silver Spring, MD dental practice. The dentists at Dechter & Moy Dentistry are your tooth decay specialists, so call (301) 508-9755 or request an appointment online.