How Do Cavities Form?

Have you ever gone to a dentist and learned that you have a cavity? Have you ever thought about how your cavities might have formed? Would you be surprised to hear that cavities and tooth decay form in different stages, or that you could reverse them before it becomes too serious?

You see, when you eat and chew, your teeth and gums will be exposed to plaque. If not removed, plaque can weaken the protective layer of your teeth, which is also known as enamel. Flossing and brushing are also important if you’d like to keep plaque and bad bacteria off of your teeth. Sadly, even if you do these things on a daily basis, your enamel may still be damaged. If this happens, you could notice white spots on your pearly whites. Luckily, this problem is reversible. However, if enamel decay is not addressed, it could continue to spread. At this point, you’ll need to have the cavity filled. Fortunately, you can usually notice a dark spot on your smile to help you catch your cavity before it becomes too severe.

If untreated, your tooth decay can also spread to your dentin—the soft layer beneath your enamel. Tooth decay can also get to the pulp of your tooth, which can affect the connective tissue and your tooth’s nerves. If this happens, you could need root canal therapy. Unfortunately, decay can continue to spread farther and might ultimately affect the bone that keeps your pearly whites in place.

You can generally avoid these issues by brushing and flossing your pearly whites on a regular basis and by scheduling regular appointments with us. If you would like to learn more about the stages of tooth decay in Modesto, California, please feel free to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.

Have You Considered a Dental Implant for Your Missing Tooth?

If you currently have a missing tooth (or teeth) which makes you self-conscious when you smile, we are happy to help! Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team at Gill Family Dentistry understand how a missing tooth in your smile can affect your self-confidence and make you reluctant to smile.

Fortunately for our patients in Modesto, California, we offer dental implants to restore a missing tooth (or teeth). Dental implants can be used to replace all of your teeth, several teeth or even just one, depending on your needs.

To restore your smile, dental implants are securely planted in the jawbone. To do this, our dentist installs a biocompatible titanium screw into your jawbone where the missing tooth was located. This titanium screw acts as the tooth root by holding your implant in place securely. While the site heals after surgery, the jawbone fuses to the titanium screw.

Once the site is healed and the implant secured, our dentist attaches the tooth to the post. The type of dental restoration will depend on how many teeth are being replaced, so you may receive custom-made complete or partial dentures, a bridge or a crown. No matter what option is used, we strive to make sure that your implant is comfortable and pleasing to blend in with your smile.

At Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, we encourage you to call (209) 549-1721 to find out more about dental implant restoration or to schedule your next visit with Dr. Amandeep S Gill. Our team is here for you!