Tooth loss from a cavity
- Posted on: Apr 15 2020
When the team of Gentle Dentistry consults with patients, one topic of utmost concern is often the avoidance of dental problems caused by cavities. Cavities, or tooth decay, are one of the most common reasons why a patient may need restorative dentistry. By practicing good oral health habits at home and visiting the dentist regularly, most patients can keep situations such as this from occurring. However, if tooth decay develops, it is essential that patients seek treatment—before they have to experience tooth loss.
At Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, FL, we encourage patients to ask their dentist about how to properly brush and floss to keep the teeth clean at home. This education is vital to ensuring patients are doing their best to keep the smile healthy. Additionally, with routine visits to the dentist for cleanings and evaluations, most problems can be caught early enough for our team to successfully intervene, avoiding more serious concerns such as tooth loss.
When cavities are not treated, they can become larger and deeper. When they reach the inner portion of the tooth, called the dental pulp, they need to be treated with either root canal therapy or extraction. Root canal therapy, or “endodontic therapy,” is the removal of the dental pulp from inside of the tooth to deaden it while keeping the tooth structure. However, sometimes this is not possible, and patients with large areas of tooth decay will require extraction.
Ways to replace missing teeth
Extraction of a natural tooth requires an immediate replacement option to avoid further issues, such as shifting teeth and bone loss. There are many ways in which the team at Gentle Dentistry can replace missing teeth, including:
- Partial dentures
- Full dentures
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
- Implant-supported dentures
Learn which one is right for you during a full evaluation and consult with Dr. Angela Rasmussen and her dedicated dental staff!
Contact Gentle Dentistry today
Tampa, FL area patients considering care for their smile with a dedicated team of professionals are welcome to connect with Dr. Angela Rasmussen and her staff by calling (813) 922-3093. Her facility is equipped with the latest technologies, and her practice is open to new patients and families seeking dental care solutions for their smiles.