Treatment for Decayed Tooth in Atlanta, GA
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Are You Experiencing…
- Throbbing or discomfort in your mouth, face, jaw, or ears?
- Pain when biting and chewing?
- Tooth sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures?
- Swollen face or gums?
You may be suffering from advanced tooth decay which has led to a tooth infection. You need an endodontist to save your tooth. Call our office today. There’s no referral needed.
The 5 Stages of Tooth Decay
The enamel becomes compromised by acidic bacteria.
The enamel begins to breakdown.
Dentin is the layer beneath enamel, it acts as a middle layer between the enamel and the pulp or nerve system. When dentin is affected by a cavity, the pulp or nerve is at risk for becoming infected if the cavity is not addressed.
The pulp is a term which refers to the nerve and blood supply. When a cavity has broken through the enamel and dentin completely, there is a bacterial breach to the pulp.
Continued bacterial penetration of the pulp will lead to tooth infection, in which bone can be broken down around the tooth roots and the patient is susceptible to discomfort and pain.
When stage 4 has been reached, a root canal is often the best option for eliminating infection, discomfort, and saving your tooth.
How to Fix Tooth Decay
Early stages of tooth decay are best caught by your general dentist during your routine check-ups. They can remove the decay and prevent it from worsening. Decay is most frequently treated with a dental filling. In cases of a larger cavity, a crown or a combination of a filling and crown may work better.
If tooth decay has spread to the pulp, you’ll likely be experiencing some discomfort. The bacterial infection is best removed and the pain stopped, by a process known as root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment involves removing the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleaning and disinfecting the canal system, and then filling and sealing the canals.
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Treat Your Infection
Dr. King will diagnose whether or not you have a tooth infection as a result of advanced decay and help you make a plan for saving your tooth.
Ask Dr. King: Tooth Decay
How does decay form?
The bacteria found in plaque produces acid. This acid can destroy the surface of your teeth. If uncontrolled, it will cause tooth decay, creating cavities in your enamel. If not treated early, decay can penetrate the layers of your tooth and directly affect the pulp.
Can tooth decay be naturally reversed?
For early stages of tooth decay, your dentist may talk to you about making some lifestyle changes. Limiting the amount of sugar in your diet, using a fluoride gel, and brushing and flossing more frequently can limit cavities from forming. Once a cavity has formed, dental treatment is necessary to remove and stop the decay. It cannot be naturally reversed.
Can a decayed tooth be saved?
There are many treatment options to save your tooth. The first line of defense is a filling or crown. If the decay is serious, you may need a root canal to remove the affected nerve system. If decay has gone unchecked for too long, you may need to have the tooth extracted and replaced with an implant.
Saving Your Smile, Comfortably
You can feel confident in the future of your smile. Dr. King is ready to investigate your concern, answer your questions, and provide the best possible treatment options.
Our Atlanta office provides root canal treatment in a calming and reassuring environment where our entire team is dedicated to your wellbeing. Every detail of your visit has been accounted for to ensure you have a fantastic experience.
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Dr. King is Atlanta’s recognized expert on delivering comfortable care from the moment you walk through our door. Even if you’re not sure whether or not you need a root canal, please contact us as soon as possible.
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