Prevent Problems

Dental Care seems to be something that is often put off for a later date.  If it doesn’t hurt, why fix it?  The problem with this is that smaller problems that do not cause pain turn into larger problems that are more involved and more expensive to fix.

Why do I get more cavities than other people?  Someone I know doesn’t clean their teeth like I do and are always eating treats, yet they never get cavities.

The great news is that it is now possible to actually measure the type of bacteria in your mouth using the CarieFree System and treat it in a way so that you no longer develop cavities.  Special treatments can be done to those who are more likely to get cavities so that their teeth are just as strong as the rest of us.

Cavities and Crowns
Once bacteria from tooth decay reaches the nerve of the tooth, it is too late for a small filling that would have easily stopped the problem.  When it begins to hurt and give you a toothache, efforts to save the tooth involve root canals and crowns.  Regular checkups and our careful examination will spot these areas of concern before they turn into something more serious.  Small fillings when spotted early enough are much better than a crown, just as a crown is much better than a broken tooth that cannot be saved and must be removed.

Why have wisdom teeth taken out if they aren’t causing me any problems?
Wisdom teeth were given the wrong name. They should have been called “problem teeth”.   They develop tooth decay and gum disease easier because they are so far back in the mouth and more difficult to keep clean.  There is usually not enough space for them to come in, and they cause crowding.  Often times, they will cause harm to the tooth in front of them.  They are malformed and do not develop the same strength and size as a normal tooth.  Having them removed at the right time when they are not fully formed prevents problems later in life and is more comfortable, allowing the area to heal much more quickly.

Dental care is a series of preventing larger problems.

  • Good oral hygiene and a good diet prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Fillings prevent larger cavities and toothaches.
  • Crowns prevent teeth from breaking and are a barrier to future decay.
  • Root canals prevent serious mouth infections and losing teeth.
  • Regular cleanings prevent loose teeth and receding gums.
  • Well positioned teeth, an adjusted bite, and a bite splint prevent excessive wear on the teeth and joints.
  • And finally dental implants prevent you from losing your appetite and your smile.