Tooth decay is a vicious cycle – tooth decay leads to tooth loss. In turn, tooth loss leads to tooth decay. When you’re missing a tooth, you leave a gap in your mouth that creates a cesspool for bacteria and infection. Unfortunately, this infection can spread and lead to more tooth loss.
If you’re caught up in the vortex of tooth loss and tooth decay, you might feel isolated, but know that you’re not alone. About 92% of adults between the ages of 20-64 have cavities and 26% of adults have untreated tooth loss. The staff of Contemporary Dental Arts and Dr. Keith Cooper in San Jose, CA want to help you get control of your tooth decay.
On a basic level, a human tooth is composed of two essential parts: the root and the crown. The crown is the visible part of the tooth. Most people want their tooth’s crown to be aesthetically beautiful. Much like a rock formation, the crown is layered by different tissues that have multiple functions and densities. There are 4 major layers in your tooth’s crown:
Many types of bacteria naturally occur in your mouth. Cavity-causing bacteria thrive on sugary foods and drinks. Over time, when bacteria isn’t removed it produces a thick unhealthy plaque. Some tooth decay is inevitable. Most tooth decay can be avoided through lifestyle changes like diet and better dental hygiene practices.
Sugar consuming bacteria are highly acidic, and decay the teeth by eating away the minerals in your teeth’s enamel. Oftentimes, you won’t be able to visibly see the first stages of damage, because the holes in your enamel are so small that they’re not visible to the human eye. Gradually, the holes in your enamel grow until the next layer of your teeth is exposed.
When bacteria make their way to the center of the tooth, they will come in contact with the area containing nerves and blood vessels. Irritation and infection will cause the pulp to become swollen, irritated, sensitive or pained.
When white blood cells start moving to the area to fight infection small pockets of pus can form to create a tooth abscess. If you’ve had an abscessed tooth before, then you know just how painful they are. If left untreated, tooth decay can snowball into loss of the tooth.
Tooth loss is a domino effect. If you lost a tooth due to trauma or dental decay, then a restoration treatment can help combat the effects of tooth decay in neighboring teeth. Don’t procrastinate when it comes to treating lost or damaged teeth. Dental implants are a viable solution and unlike natural teeth, dental implants can’t be affected by tooth decay. Nonetheless, you’ll want to keep your gums in healthy shape by maintaining good dental hygiene. Dental implants will fill the bacteria-ridden gaps of your teeth and give you back a beautiful smile.
Tooth loss and tooth decay go hand in hand. Untreated tooth loss can lead to further tooth decay and a slew of health problems. At Contemporary Dental Arts in San Jose, CA, we believe in preventative dentistry. We want to protect what you have left. Dental implants help prevent further tooth loss by increasing your overall well-being and restoring your mouth back to its natural setting. Still have questions about the process, benefits or cost of dental implants? Our staff can help answer any questions and get you back on track to a healthy smile. Contact us today.
Keith M. Cooper
5150 Graves Ave. Suite 12E
San Jose, CA
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