Visit a dentist in Las Vegas, NV to manage tooth decayPosted By Dr. Christopher Lim
What are the signs of tooth decay?At first, a decaying tooth may not show any obvious symptoms, which is why you should be visiting your dentist regularly. By the time you begin to notice that something is wrong with your tooth, the damage will probably already be quite substantial. At this point, your tooth may be sensitive, especially to sweets, and hot and cold foods and beverages. A toothache or pain when you bite down is one of the more severe signs of a decaying tooth. You may begin to notice holes or white, black, or brown spots on your teeth. If you experience any of these things, you should see a dentist as soon as possible for treatment.
How does a dentist deal with a decaying tooth?Your dentist would prefer that you visit regularly so that he can notice any cavities before you do. Once a cavity is found, treatment will depend largely on the stage of the decay. Some dentists may suggest a fluoride treatment in the earliest stages of decay, but once there is a cavity and the tooth is decaying, more invasive treatment will be necessary to save the tooth. Fillings can be placed to stop many cavities, but if the decay has reached the dental pulp, root canal therapy will probably be needed. Once the infected pulp has been removed, a filling will usually be placed and a crown will often be put on the tooth to protect it.
If the tooth is not treated in time to save it, the dentist will need to remove the tooth. After the tooth has been removed, you can choose from a few different restorations such as a dental implant, dental bridge, or denture. At our office in Las Vegas, NV, we offer the best treatments and restorations, so make an appointment today by calling 702-666-8584, and protect your teeth from decay.