Restorative dentistry consist of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases that affect your mouth. Teeth that are discolored, stained, chipped, broken, cracked, or missing may need to be restored. Restoration of your teeth requires the removal of decay and treatment of oral diseases. Once the decay is removed your teeth can be restored to previous structure and function. Restorative dental procedures put you on the path to better overall health.
Progression of Decay
Cavities Caused by Tooth Decay
The process of tooth decay starts with plaque and bacteria building up on the tooth structure, creating acid. This acid begins to erode the hard protective coating on the tooth, also known as the enamel. Once the acid breaks through the outside layer of the enamel, the decay spreads faster due to the softer nature of the underlying layer, called the dentin.
If the decay is allowed to expand through the dentin, it can penetrate the interior of the root, requiring additional procedures to remove the infected tissue. A range of external damage can result from this decay as well, such as cracking or fractures, and can result in losing the tooth entirely.
It is essential to detect and address issues of tooth decay early in the process to prevent these consequences. Regular visits to your dentist, good oral hygiene, and a proactive attitude towards your dental health will help minimize this risk.
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