Treatment of Tooth Decay with Dr. John Highsmith
- Posted on: Nov 15 2018
At the practice of Dr. John Highsmith, patients in and around the Clyde, NC area who are faced with areas of decay are welcome to visit with our team and learn about appropriate treatment options.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay is commonly referred to by dentists as cavities. Cavities are holes that form in the enamel of the teeth due to poor oral health care habits. Acids and sugars from food and beverages that patients consume on a daily basis that are not removed during brushing and flossing can eat away at natural tooth enamel, leaving holes in the tooth. These holes can become large and can cause patients to experience sensitivity or pain. If not diagnosed and treated early on, these holes can become extremely problematic. They may become large enough to reach the dental pulp inside of a tooth, requiring patients to undergo expensive and invasive procedures such as root canal therapy to fix. Instead, patients should be proactive about their oral health and visit their dentist regularly for examinations to monitor the development of any areas of decay.
How to address decay
Tooth decay is best addressed with fillings. This is a composite resin material that is used to fill the hole left behind from the decay and seal off the tooth, keeping bacteria from entering in and causing more problems from within. In the past, many dentists had used silver amalgam fillings, but these are comprised of approximately 50% mercury and have been deemed unsafe for use in the human body. Instead, our practice uses composite resin, which is not only safer, but more aesthetic and resistant to expansion and contraction.
Learn more about fillings with Dr. John Highsmith and his team
Call General, Cosmetic, Implant and Laser Dentistry with Dr. John Highsmith of Clyde, NC today to discuss your options for treating areas where decay has formed. Our team of professionals are here to assist with a variety of treatment options, including fillings. Call the office at (828) 627-9282 and visit the office at 78 Nelson Street. We accept new patients into our facility for quality dental care!
Posted in: Oral Health