Did you know that oral injuries tend to heal faster than skin injuries? While things like biting your tongue or cheek, or burning your mouth with hot foods or beverages can cause a world of pain, the effects often fade quickly in comparison to how long a wound on the skin can take to heal.
This is partially because of the moisture in your mouth, but more so because of proteins and skin cells that aren’t found in your external layers of skin—they work overtime in your mouth because they instinctively know that infection can spread quickly throughout your body if it isn’t fought immediately. However, injuries or infections of your teeth require professional assistance.
Those injuries can include physical trauma that results in tooth loss, a tooth that has cracked or broken while eating hard foods or chewing on objects that shouldn’t be placed in the mouth, or decay that’s eroded your enamel and reached your dentin.
Each of these instances can be painful and take a toll, not just on your physical health, but also your emotional well-being. You don’t have to suffer through these experiences. You’re not alone, and solutions can be customized according to your needs. Whether something as simple as a tooth-colored filling can restore one or more of your teeth, or you need a new crown to bring back strength and beauty to your smile, we can help.
When you share a grin, you’re usually showing just your crowns and gums, but your smile requires healthy roots, and those roots need a strong jawbone. Each tooth is coated with enamel, the strongest substance in your body, and has dentin, cementum, and pulp within. When these materials are compromised, so too is your ability to speak, chew food (both hot and cold), and smile confidently.
Tooth decay, dental caries, cavities—these are different terms that describe the same process. When the acid from your foods and beverages meets the bacteria in your mouth that form plaque (and tartar), the combination can cause enamel erosion. Maintaining a more alkaline diet and staying diligent with your brushing and flossing habits can help prevent this erosion from causing a cavity, which will require a filling.
If you do need a filling, it’s nothing to be ashamed of or worried about. We can restore the form and function of your affected tooth or teeth with BPA-free composite fillings. You often won’t be able to tell the filling apart from your natural teeth!
If decay has claimed more of your healthy tooth structure than an average filling can repair, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need a crown. An inlay or an onlay might be the fix you need to get back your smile.
Cavities can form anywhere on the surfaces of your teeth, including in between teeth (which is why flossing is so important), but if decay has been contained within the cusps of your tooth, an inlay can be set and smoothed to replace the decayed structure. An onlay can cover a larger portion of your tooth, extending a little beyond the outer ridges.
If decay or excessive wear (possibly caused by tooth grinding and jaw clenching) have taken over your crown, we can replace it with a durable replica that blends in beautifully. We want to keep your tooth roots in place so that your jawbone stays strong, and we can do this by crafting a strong zirconia or porcelain crown that, once secured in place, feels and functions just like your natural teeth.
After the removal of decay and the addition of new materials to your smile, you might have a brief adjustment period. Whether you experience sensitivity or feel fine, you’ll want to take it easy and eat soft, possibly bland foods for at least a few days after your appointment. Don’t skip your oral hygiene routine, but do floss and brush with more care than usual.
If you maintain good oral hygiene habits and avoid using your teeth as tools (aside from chewing your food, of course), your restorations could last up to 10 years or more. We want to support you on your preventive journey and thus agree the best dental work is none, but if you need it, the best dental work is the kind you forget you’ve had!
If you have any questions about our restorative dentistry services or would like to schedule a visit with your Parrish restorative dentist, Dr. Schnur of Florida Smile Design, give us a call at (941) 776-0885 or fill out our online form to request an appointment!