Our patients come to St. George Family Dental because our practice provides them with the most experienced, compassionate, affordable dental care possible. By educating our patients regarding their treatment options and procedures, we equip them to make more informed choices regarding their oral health. One of the most common oral problems that our dentist in Fulton MO is able to remedy is dental decay and cavities. We aim to not only fix these and any other dental issues that arise with our patients, but also to provide them with the necessary measures to prevent further oral health issues.
Cavities are most commonly found where plaque is highly prevalent, such as on the molars, between teeth, near the gum line, and at the edges of fillings. There are often no symptoms of cavities, which is why it is so important to visit our dentist in Fulton MO periodically so that cavities can be diagnosed and treated early before they get large enough to cause symptoms. As the cavity progresses, however, the decay gets near the nerve (pulp) and can cause pain, which gets progressively worse especially with exposure to heat, cold, sweet foods, or drinks. If the decay gets large enough, part of the tooth may fracture off, leaving a large visible hole, and the tooth may be sensitive to biting pressure. The two main factors to preventing tooth decay is practicing good oral hygiene and diet change. Good oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once, having a professional teeth-cleaning every six months, and having X-rays and a dental exam annually to detect cavity development. Reducing the amount of sugar can help prevent cavities. Treatments for cavities include fillings, crowns and root canals, just as long as the decay is removed and a filling is put in its place.
Natural teeth, teeth with restorations, and the gum tissue that surrounds these teeth survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. Therefore, it is vital that you visit our dentist in Fulton MO routinely for teeth cleanings. We recommend visiting us every six months to maintain proper form, function, health, and beauty of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Call our office or consult our website for further information regarding teeth cleanings or any of our other many preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry services at St. George Family Dental.