Tooth Decay: The Basic Knowledge You Need

When the topic of tooth decay comes up, it can seem like one of those concerns that brings with it a monumental slew of details, the likes of which you will never be able to fully take in! Fortunately, the truth of the matter is that when you get to know the basics, you’ll quickly know all that you need to know in order to identify an issue, treat it, and keep your smile healthy. Our Virginia Beach, VA team is always ready to fill you in on the particulars, so you know you’re doing right by your oral health.

How Do I Find It?

There are two ways you might find tooth decay. It is very important to remember, first, that you may not always feel or recognize it on your own. However, in some cases you will deal with a visible change or with discomfort. So, keep the following in mind:

  • When you keep up with the visits we recommend, which include two checkups annually, we will be able to detect decay as it begins and, therefore, treat it early.
  • You may recognize symptoms that will cause you to call us for a checkup, so we may verify that you do indeed have decay!

How Can I Treat It?

For mild to moderate tooth decay, you will likely require a dental filling. This is a means through which we rid your tooth of the damaged tissue and then fill the opening with beautiful, tooth-matched composite. Or, if you have an extremely severe issue with decay, it may be better treated with a dental crown, so that your tooth is structurally sound enough after treatment in order to remain in place and to continue offering complete function. Again, we offer lovely crowns to ensure the finished result is a smile that looks natural and beautiful. When you need treatment, schedule it immediately to prevent the development of any further problems.

Will It Come Back?

Once tooth decay is treated professionally with our practice, you’re not going to have to worry about that particular concern any longer. Of course, it is possible for decay to form on the same tooth in another location, to affect other teeth, etc. However, the placement of a dental filling or crown will begin with the complete removal of the decayed tissue, so we stop the disease’s progression. Treat the concern and you can say goodbye to any further associated worry.

Treat Decay With Our Fillings

Prevent tooth decay, identify it when it occurs, and treat it when necessary when you keep up with dental care. We will guide you through the specifics during a checkup and offer beautiful fillings, should you require them. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.