While we are always ready to help you obtain the dental care that you need at prices you can actually afford, we prefer that our patients take steps to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.
Brushing your teeth and flossing are a good start, but don’t neglect your regular visits to your dentist. You should go twice a year to prevent most problems. Unfortunately, because of the rush of modern life, many Americans neglect to take care of their teeth, which results in damaged teeth.
Cavities & Fillings:
The first stage is when an infection starts to destroy your tooth. This is known as a cavity and it’s small enough that it’s hard to spot visually. If left untreated for long, you may notice it when you see your teeth in a mirror. At this stage, the solution is for the dentist to remove the infected tooth, sterilize the area, and restore the lost tooth, usually with a composite filling, which is the same color as the tooth. Black, metallic fillings are obsolete today.
Because the patient doesn’t feel any discomfort at first, these infections can continue to develop unnoticed. It’s important to notice that once an infection has started to destroy a tooth, dental hygiene will not stop it or reverse it. Left untreated, at some point the infection will cause tooth pain, which is typically intense and sharp. This is the moment where most patients will look for a dentist. Unfortunately, in many cases, the infection will have spread into the pulp of the tooth and may threaten to spread to the other teeth via the nerve. In those cases, a filling will not do. A root canal is needed. This procedure involves the dentist removing the damaged part of the tooth and the infected pulp, sterilizing the area, filling the root of the tooth (where the pulp was) with dental cement, and restoring the tooth with a crown.
Lastly, a dentist might decide that a tooth is so damaged that it’s not possible to recover it anymore. In this case, the remains of the tooth need to be pulled out and a dental implant needs to be inserted into the jawbone. This involves dental surgery and it is a more complex procedure.
All three solutions will restore a patient’s tooth. But why wait? Something as simple as a visit to the dentist can avoid you pain, trouble, and cost. Or, if you’re already coming to Los Algodones for a procedure, why not take advantage of the occasion and get preventive care for your family at extremely low prices? Their teeth and your wallet will thank you.
If you are interested in getting dental treatment in Los Algodones, please fill out the “Help me Find a Dentist” form. A participating dental specialist will reply to your needs.