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Four Common Dental Problems and What Your Wilmington Dentist Can
Do To Treat Them, PART 1
This four-part article series ta...
Dental fillings are restorations done to teeth that have sustained mild damage due to decay, which
is caused by oral bacte...
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Four Common Dental Problems and What Your Wilmington Dentist Can Do To Treat Them, PART 1

This four-part article series takes a look at the various treatments and procedures available for four common dental problems faced by Americans.

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Four Common Dental Problems and What Your Wilmington Dentist Can Do To Treat Them, PART 1

  1. 1. Four Common Dental Problems and What Your Wilmington Dentist Can Do To Treat Them, PART 1 This four-part article series takes a look at the various treatments and procedures available for four common dental problems faced by Americans. Tooth decay, gum disease, stained teeth and tooth loss are four dental problems, one or more of which we are all pretty much guaranteed to experience at one stage in our life. For some, gum disease and tooth loss have become a constant struggle, while for others, stained teeth has put a permanent damper on their smile confidence and self-esteem. In this four-part article series, we speak to an experienced Wilmington dentist about his recommendation for the treatment of common problems that affect the vast majority of the population. Thankfully, there would appear to be several treatment options available, so without further ado, let’s take a look at what they are for the first of the common dental problems we shall be discussing: tooth decay. Common Dental Problem # 1: Tooth Decay If you’ve had a filling done, you’ve had tooth decay. In fact, it would be quite easy to say there isn’t a person over the age of 30 who hasn’t suffered to some extent with tooth decay: after all, it is the second most common disease affecting Wilmington residents, the first being the cold. Tooth decay is a major problem affecting our society and one that has the potential to totally wreck our teeth and our general health, because, if left without professional treatment, tooth decay can lead to gum disease. Let’s take a look at the treatment options available… Possible Solutions:  Dental Fillings
  2. 2. Dental fillings are restorations done to teeth that have sustained mild damage due to decay, which is caused by oral bacteria. A composite or tooth-colored filling offers an aesthetic repair for cavities that look natural and can last many years before restoration or replacement is required.  Porcelain Crowns If a large portion of your tooth has become decayed and needs to be removed, some Wilmington cosmetic dentists may recommend drilling away the decayed structure completely and placing a porcelain crown over the top of the tooth. This will look and function like a natural tooth crown, but it will be supported by your natural root/s.  Root Canal Therapy If the decay has penetrated the pulp chamber or root canals, you are probably looking at losing the tooth, unless a skilled Wilmington dentist (or endodontist, if recommended) can perform a timely root canal procedure. This involves the extraction of all the diseased tissue from the tooth before it’s filled with an inert cement and capped with an aesthetic and durable dental crown (as above).  Improved Oral Hygiene One of the best approaches to treating tooth decay is to prevent it. If you have had some of your teeth filled, capped or even replaced entirely, you can take it as an indicator that your standard of oral hygiene and general lifestyle habits could be improved. “Tooth decay is caused by oral bacteria, so people who don’t brush thoroughly or floss are more likely to present with it,” explains a Wilmington cosmetic dentist. “Smokers, heavy drinkers and people with diets high in starchy foods and sugars are also more vulnerable to tooth decay and to losing their teeth earlier.” Stay Tuned for Part 2 To find out about the various treatment options available for the next common dental problem to be discussed (gum disease), stay tuned for the second installment of this four-part article series.

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