Tooth Decay and Dental Implants

What Is Tooth Decay?

Another word for tooth decay that we know too well is cavity. A cavity is permanently damaged area in the teeth that develop into tiny holes that can wreak havoc in the mouth. Patients develop these holes when they neglect to clean out the plaque and bacteria from the gums and teeth and when not addressed properly, patients can lose their teeth altogether.

How Can I Prevent Tooth Decay?

The easiest answer to this is to brush and floss at least 2-3 times a day. When the harmful plaque and bacteria sitting in the mouth are not cleaned out, the patient develops poor oral and dental health. Flossing is very important in the prevention of tooth decay; when patients only use a tooth brush, they are not ensuring that they getting rid of the plaque and loose particles left between the teeth. Toothbrush bristles can not get in between the harmful crevices of the mouth where the bacteria feed on the sugars and carbohydrates that are stuck to the teeth.

Dental Neglect

When patients neglect to fill the missing spaces in their mouths, teeth can easily become more susceptible to bacteria and decay. Not only will the teeth be affected by the spaces, but the gums can also fall victim to infection and begin to bleed and recede from the teeth. Both of these horrible instances will lead to loss of the tooth or teeth altogether if the patient does not seek help. Here at City Center Dental Care in Newport News, VA Dr. Griffin can help with unhealthy tooth extraction and replacement procedures with dental implants.

Patients that decide to go with dentures and dental bridges over dental implants, may learn the hard way for years. Dentures and dental bridges can actually contribute to the wearing down of the gum tissue and tooth erosion the patient may already be experiencing. Neither of these devices offers the natural fit and restoration over time that dental implants can.

Dentures and Bridges

When dental bridges are placed into the mouth, the doctor requires the filing down of the neighboring teeth to ensure a perfect fit. Although this sounds like it is comfy, it actually causes these teeth to weaken and be more susceptible to decay and eventually falling out. Losing the enamel on the teeth is detrimental to the patient’s dental health because it can never be regained or restored and without the teeth will always be prone to further decay.

As for dentures, they slip out of place and never quite grip in the mouth perfectly; this causes the gums to stress and sag. When the gum tissue becomes damaged and loose, it speeds up the process of gum recession in which harmful spaces are created between the gums and the teeth, exposing the tooth roots. The exposure and erosion of tooth roots guarantees the decay of the tooth or teeth and the loss of it altogether from the mouth. When patients lose a tooth or teeth, they tend to avoid chewing and biting with those areas of the mouth which does not allow the proper usage and exercise that is needed to keep healthy growth.

Dental Implant Protection

By filling the empty spaces with dental implants, patients are not only helping to restore gum tissue over time, but also increasing the density in the bones. Through the process of osseointegration, the oral cavity accepts the dental implants as an actual part of the body naturally and takes the stress off of the teeth and gums that bridges and dentures can create. When the titanium alloy integrates in the jawbone, it actually fools the mouth into thinking it never lost a tooth or teeth in the first place. These porcelain crowns look just like natural teeth and are actually compared to each patients original teeth to ensure the look, fit and feel of their new smile. Dental implants themselves cannot even decay due to the material they are comprised of, but patients must always maintain good care of them to avoid developing gum tissue infections. Dental implants are the most natural and advanced tooth replacement currently and are quite affordable. Dr. Griffin and his staff offer all patients different payment methods in order to finance their dental processes and work with many different insurance providers personally.

Protect Yourself From Decay

By choosing dental implants as your tooth replacement option, you are working toward a better and healthier set of teeth and gums for years to come. Dental implants can help patients to avoid gum disease and further decay of the teeth. When patients finally choose dental implants they say they wished they had done it years before. Call us today at (757)-745-1003 to schedule a consultation.