Tooth decay. You’ve likely heard the term. You might even be suffering from it. It is a common and widespread condition that affects millions of people worldwide. When traces of sugary foods left on your teeth come into contact with the natural bacteria in your mouth, plaque forms and decays the enamel on your teeth. Over time, extreme tooth decay can develop, resulting in bacterial infection and possibly tooth loss.
Fortunately there are many solutions to tooth decay that William J. Hidlay, DDS is proud to offer: fillings, crowns, and dental bridges are some of the many techniques that can effectively treat tooth decay.
A common symptom of tooth decay is cavities, which are places where plaque has eaten away at the tooth enamel. Small cavities are easily treated in a short procedure that involves removing the dental decay from your teeth, and replacing it with restorative substances such as silver fillings and dental composites.
For significant decay that simply can’t be filled with a normal cavity, crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are used to cover the affected parts of a tooth once the decay has been removed. Crowns are made of durable, long-lasting materials such as ceramic, gold and porcelain, and are always custom-made to accommodate the shape of your teeth.
When a patient has suffered the complete loss of a tooth, dental bridges are an effective tooth-replacement option. Dental bridges are composed of two crowns attached to a false tooth between them. The crowns are applied to the teeth surrounding a tooth gap, which is simultaneously filled by the false tooth.