TV commercials emphasise this to no end – tooth decay is not a joke. It is important for us to care for our teeth by maintaining good dental hygiene and regular visits to our dentist. But because some would still neglect their dental health and find reasons and excuses not to go to their dentists, chances of getting tooth decay remain high. In fact, it is possible that more than half of Australians have had their share of tooth decay and cavities in their lifetime. Here, at Critical Dental, we aim to help all our clients, patients or dentists alike. So let us show you ways on how to remove tooth decay and how your dentist can help you by undergoing any of these dental procedures.
How to remove tooth decay at home
Well, to answer this question, you must first learn how tooth decay develops. When you miss out on cleaning your teeth by brushing, flossing, or using mouthwash, food particles get stuck on teeth. This food matter becomes nutrition to the bacteria in the mouth, produces acid, and makes plaque and tartar buildup possible. If left unattended in the surface of the tooth, the living bacteria would begin to attack the enamel and cause cavities and eventually tooth decay.
So to answer your question, you cannot remove tooth decay at home. You need the expertise and specialised instruments of a dental professional to make sure that your teeth are free of cavities, plaque, and tartar. What you can do at home is to make sure that you do not develop any more plaque and tartar by establishing a strict dental hygiene routine.
How to remove tooth decay at the dentist
The reason why you need to go to the dentist to get tooth decay removed is this: they have different instruments and machines that can safely and effectively remove those hardened mineral deposits in the fronts and backs of your teeth. Using various dental handpiece bits and burrs to scrape off and drill into the teeth to make sure that all the rotten parts are removed is essential to make sure that the spread is contained. Here are some of the dental procedures they can use to remove tooth decay.
When the tooth decay already damaged parts of your tooth enamel, your dentist needs to find a procedure that could remove that damaged part while still saving what’s left. This is where fillings come in handy. The dentist uses a dental handpiece to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and replace it with amalgam, tooth-coloured composite resin, or porcelain to seal the gap.
For far-reaching decay or damaged teeth, you may need a dental crown. This is a custom-fitted covering that restores your tooth’s whole natural crown. Your dentist uses a dental handpiece and drills away all the decayed area and enough of the rest of your tooth to ensure a good fit. Crowns may then be fitted and fused with the remaining tooth using dental cement to secure and hold it in place. Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, composite resin, metal, or other combined materials.
Root canal treatment
When tooth decay reaches the inner material of your tooth called the pulp, you may need a root canal treatment. This is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth root where, instead of removing the crown, the diseased tooth pulp is the one removed. The dentist uses the dental handpiece to drill and remove the damaged inner parts of the tooth, dries it up, and seals the hole with fillings.
If the tooth becomes severely decayed that they cannot be restored, there is no other way but to have it removed. Extracting your infected tooth ensures that no other teeth will get contaminated, and the spread of the decay will be contained. However, having a tooth pulled can leave a gap that allows your other teeth to shift. If possible, consider getting a bridge or a dental implant to replace the missing tooth.
We hope that we were able to enlighten you on how to remove tooth decay. If you’re a dental patient who needs expert advice as to how you can fight tooth decay, find a dentist who utilizes quality dental equipment and instruments to complement his dental expertise. Critical Dental can be your choice when it comes to supplying you with high-quality dental products. Inquire and visit us today or call (02) 8806 3763 to know more