Tooth decay is not a new term for most people. Most of us have been directly or indirectly affected by tooth decay or cavities at one point in our lives. However, prompt treatment provides intervention to prevent further decay or infection. At Dentistry by Design, our dentists and dental hygienists will assess your teeth and provide a treatment plan for total oral health.

Our staff makes sure you receive the highest-quality treatment using state-of-the-art technology to restore your teeth. We provide total treatment for tooth decay including the teeth fillings Richardson, Texas residents rely on.

Development of Decay

Tooth decay develops from plaque, which is a sticky film that contains bacteria from the food and drinks we consume. Over time, this plaque produces acids that attack the enamel and the root surface of the tooth, thus causing tooth decay.

Even with regular brushing and flossing, tooth decay can develop. Any gap between teeth can create hard to reach spots where plaque can collect. Routine check-ups with your dentist and thorough cleanings by a dental hygienist can help prevent decay. However, decay can haunt you even with proper care.

For example, signs of tooth decay include:

  • A feeling of discomfort around the mouth
  • Food gets frequently trapped in the tooth
  • Experiencing sensitivity when taking cold or hot drinks
  • Consistent bad breath that you are unable to trace the cause
  • Dark spots on the surface of the tooth

These signs provide an important warning sign that you should contact your dentist. Left untreated, decay opens up more spots for plaque to collect, and can even result in an infection to the bones of the jaw.

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Tooth Decay Treatment

Dentistry by Design offers restorative dentistry services including treatment for tooth decay. In most cases, treatment involves removing the decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a filling or dental crown. Fillings are made from composite materials that bond to the surface of the teeth and return the look and health of each tooth. The procedure is comfortable and you experience minimal or no pain.

Dental crowns can replace more extensively decayed teeth. The dentist will remove larger portions of the teeth and retain the healthy pieces. Then, a dental crown is created and affixed in place before being shaped to fit in with your other teeth. At Dentistry by Design, we offer same day CEREC crowns that streamline this process and get your smile back more quickly.

Other options for serious tooth decay include dental implantsdental bridges, or removable dentures. A consultation with a dentist can assess the level of decay. Then, you can decide between treatments to find the one that is right for you. Our top concern is restoring the look and function of your teeth so you can be confident in your smile.

Addressing tooth decay during its early stages is very crucial. It helps prevent further decay and the resulting complications and pain. Furthermore, treating the dental cavity before it progresses to the pulp and affects nerves and blood vessels saves you from unnecessary pain and large fillings.

Repair Tooth Decay with Dentistry by Design

If you have tooth decay, various restoration options can treat it. Our dental services also include comprehensive check-ups and assessments of your oral healthcare needs.

Additional services that we provide include:

At Dentistry By Design we help you have a pearly smile and give you a permanent solution that you can be proud of. Give us a call today at (972) 694-4823 and start your journey to a healthy, beautiful smile.