The existence of cavities has plagued humans since the beginning of history. While we understand some of what causes them, recent research uncovers more about the actual microbes that contribute to decay – primarily, fungus and bacteria. When we eat, microbes form on the teeth, and the food particles left behind from food and drinks feeds the microbes and promotes their reproduction. The plaque that forms in between brushing also provides a nice, moist place for bacteria to live.
When you skip brushing your teeth, it gives the bacteria a chance to reproduce rapidly. When you miss brushing too often, bacteria can soften the enamel of your teeth and cause decay.
Untreated Decay – the Consequences
Most often, decay is asymptomatic until it advances. Decay is a progressive condition that worsens with time. It will grow, overtaking more of the healthy tooth structure and eventually developing close to the nerve, which feels quite painful. At this point, root canal therapy may be the only way to save your tooth.
Early Detection Is Key
Diagnosing decay early is part of the preventive dentistry we provide at NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry. We accomplish this by taking dental x-rays and through Dr. Schafer’s comprehensive exams. When recommending dental fillings in our Gretna, LA dental office, we offer tooth-colored options to minimize the negative impact they have on your smile.
Tooth-colored fillings are less invasive and will blend in with your smile. Because composite bonds directly to teeth, we can reduce the amount of healthy tooth structure we have to remove to create a secure bond.
We believe dentistry can be a pain-free experience and will make sure you feel completely comfortable throughout your procedure. If you have avoided the dentist for a while, but are ready to get back on track, we hope you will visit our office where you will always be treated like family.