How cavities may lead to Knoxville area residents requiring restorations such as dental implants for their smile
It is extremely important for patients in and around the Knoxville area to take good care of their smile. Dr. Foncea, of Sequoyah Dental Arts, offers a variety of general and preventative procedures and treatments to assist patients in maintaining their dental health. When patients do not care for their smile, they may be at risk for cavities and periodontal disease.
Cavities are areas of tooth decay that can burrow into the tooth’s structure. They may reach the dental pulp, which can result in an infection and require a treatment called root canal therapy to save the tooth. In some cases, large areas of decay cannot be controlled and patients may be faced with the idea of extracting a natural tooth. When this occurs, restoration is necessary as soon as possible.
In many cases, patients who have lost a single tooth may be eligible for the placement of a dental implant. Dental implants do require enough bone structure for a successful placement, so x-rays may need to be completed to ensure patients are proper candidates for this restorative solution. Dental implants require patients to undergo oral surgery as a metal post is placed into the jawbone. This post is then restored with a dental crown, which acts as a false tooth and provides both improved function and aesthetics.
Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts also knows that patients who do not care for their smile are also at risk for periodontal disease. This condition, also referred to as gum disease, can result in the loss of gum tissue, bone, and natural teeth. It can develop due to poor oral health, starting as gingivitis and progressing into the more severe stages of periodontitis. Patients are educated on ways to care for their smiles to avoid the development of cavities and disease, but it is up to patients to maintain their oral health habits at home between dental visits. Brushing and flossing are essential in removing food particles, plaque, and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and gums and reducing the risk for experiencing dental problems.