Tooth decay is a common problem that impacts most of our Brooklyn, NY patients at some point or another in their lives. But how much do you really know about tooth decay? Many people think that tooth decay is obvious, painful and visible. However, this is not true. Decay impacts each patient differently and can cause different types of damage to different patients. Here is some additional information about tooth decay, what you can do to prevent it and how dental implants might be able to help.
What Is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is damage that occurs when germs and bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at your tooth. Acids can be formed by consuming too many sugary, acidic or high-carbohydrate foods or beverages. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause damage to the tooth called a cavity. Over time, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.
The Tooth Structure
The part of the tooth most affected by tooth decay has three basic layers:
1) the hard outer shell called enamel,
2) a middle layer called dentin,
3) the center layer with all the nerves called the pulp.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay can come from many different sources. However, the most common sources are bacteria and left-over food particles. Here are the steps that occur as plaque attacks teeth:
Step One: Teeth are not cleaned properly and acids start to form.
Step Two: Plaque feeds off the acids and starts collecting on teeth and gums.
Step Three: Over time, the plaque becomes increasingly acidic and destroys the tooth enamel.
Step Four: Decay takes over and causes discoloration, pain and discomfort.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Most patients can prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing, avoiding acidic foods, eliminating sugars from their diet, avoiding smoking and seeing your dentist regularly. Chewing sugar-free gum and drinking enough water can also help reduce tooth decay. See Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus today for more tips on how to prevent tooth decay or for more information about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants & How Can They Help?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is permanently attached to your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Dental implants permanently fill in empty spaces between teeth that can allow plaque, bacteria and food particles to collect. Once these spaces are filled, many oral health problems can be eliminated. Additionally, dental implants cannot be affected by tooth decay and the dental implant root will never need a root canal.
Come See Us Today To Help With Your Tooth Decay
Tooth decay may have caused you to suffer from damaged or lost teeth, but it need not cause any more damage to your smile or your self-confidence. Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus can help! At our state-of-the-art offices, we serve the Brooklyn, NY community by designing beautiful and healthy smiles for our patients. We combine the most up-to-date technology, high-quality materials, and dental expertise to improve your smile easily, comfortably, and permanently.
If you have more questions about dental implants or financing options, please feel free to check out the rest of our dental implants website. You’ll be amazed at what dental implants can do for you and your smile. We also serve patients in the Mount Vernon or Springfield, VA areas, so contact us today to schedule your no-obligation dental implants consultation.