At one time in history, dental decay or cavities were a national epidemic! But gratefully with the spread of dental education and prevention, there has definitely been an increase in dental and oral IQ! You are now in the population that is more aware about your dental health than any previous generations. In fact, the latest thinking and trend in dentistry today is to evaluate someone’s cavity risk and then try to manage and prevent decay before it starts. Dr. Singh realizes the importance of this “Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA)” protocol that she has co-authored an article on this topic and dental schools are now incorporating this into their dental curriculum to train the next generation of dentists as this is such an important evaluation.
That being said, due to the sugars that we consume and the bacteria that live in our mouths, cavities do still happen. Therefore it is important to understand that there are many ways to address decay. Sometimes the decay can be so extensive that the tooth needs to be removed; then there are a variety of options that can be utilized to restore the mouth.
What are the options for restorations?
-Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations, a great and direct way to fill a cavity. If too much of the tooth structure is missing, then a full coverage crown may be necessary.
-Another option would be fixed bridge-work, which is utilizing the remaining teeth as anchors or abutments, around the missing teeth and building an esthetic bridge to fill the spaces.
-Dental implants are titanium “screw-like” fixtures which are placed into the bone where the teeth are missing and can be utilized in various ways to build the dentition back. This can be a great option for a single missing tooth, or multiple implants can be used for bridges and even full mouth restorations.
Please call us to ask more about any of these procedures today!