For many, the effects of tooth decay can be costly, time consuming, and uncomfortable. However, tooth decay is preventable and we work with our patients to develop long term plans to restore and maintain their oral health so that further extensive treatment is not necessary.
Changes that occur with aging make cavities a lifelong problem. Recession of the gums away from the teeth, combined with an increased incidence of periodontal (gum) disease, can expose tooth roots to plaque. Decay around the edges, or margins, of fillings is also common to older adults. Previously placed fillings may weaken and tend to fracture and leak around the edges. Bacteria accumulate in these tiny crevices causing acid to build up which leads to decay.
TYPES OF PREVENTION
There are two types of veneers: ceramic veneers (sometimes called laminates) and resin-based composite veneers.
- Sealants – Sealants can be used effectively as part of a comprehensive approach to caries prevention. Sealants are placed to prevent caries initiation and to arrest caries progression by providing a physical barrier that inhibits microorganisms and food particles from collecting in pits and fissures.
- X-Rays – Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. Periodic radiographs help us detect problems in your mouth that otherwise would not be seen.
- Dental Cleanings – Regular professional cleanings with our dental hygienist are the best way to eliminate plaque on surfaces that cannot be reached by daily routine brushes. By removing plaque, tartar, and calculus we reduce your chances of developing gum disease.
- Check-up Exams – Regular oral examinations are also important for cancer screenings, periodontal evaluations, and to reassess previous restorations.