Tooth decay was once rare because the human diet was heavy in protein and lacking many of the refined sugars and carbohydrates. And despite our lack of all of our modern tooth cleaning tools and dentistry, early humans suffered from different dental problems than we have today. However, due to a recent increase in refined sugars and flours, our mouths have increasingly become filled with tooth decay.
Symptoms Of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is so prevalent that it impacts nearly 100 percent of the population at some point in their life. Although the symptoms vary from patient to patient, some of the more common symptoms of tooth decay are: pain, toothache, hot/cold sensitivity, discoloration of teeth, headaches and bad breath.
Unfortunately, patients who delay treatment of tooth decay and create worse problems than a simple cavity or even a root canal. Tooth loss is the final unfortunate result of not dealing with tooth decay. And when one tooth is lost, oral health begins to suffer, overall health risks accelerate and surrounding teeth are at a higher risk for additional oral health problems.
Tooth Decay Treatment Options
If left untreated, tooth decay can ultimately result in one or more teeth being lost. Here at Goehring Dental, we offer many treatment options for teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. One of the more popular options is dental implants. Bridges and dentures are other alternatives, but neither option is permanent and neither can rebuild jaw muscle or repair jawbone density. These two options can also be difficult to clean, can detrimentally impact speech and prevent patients from eating certain types of food. Because they are strong and permanent, dental implants allow patients can get back to normal speaking, eating and smiling without worry or embarrassment!
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants offer a permanent alternative to dentures and bridges that more closely looks and functions just like a natural tooth. During a simple procedure with Goehring, a small titanium tooth root is placed directly into the patient’s jawbone. Next a middle piece called an abutment is attached to the titanium root and a crown is attached to the abutment. Once this is done, the patient is sent home to heal for 3 to 6 months. Once completed, your dental implants will fill the space between your teeth, prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped, improve your bite strength and halt dangerous jawbone deterioration.
Regain A Healthy Smile At Goehring Dental
At Goehring Dental, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile regardless of their current situation. Untreated tooth decay can ruin your smile and your self-esteem. Luckily, today’s patients have many tooth replacement options to fix damaged or missing teeth. Dental implants, the most popular of these options provides a way for patients to have beautifully real-looking and permanent replacement teeth. Still have questions about the process, the benefits or financing options for dental implants? Please feel fee to read through the rest of our specially designed dental implants website. Then, if you live in the Austin, TX area, call us to schedule a no-obligation dental implant consultation with Dr. Goehring. Now is the time get yourself back on track to a healthy smile with dental implants and Goehring Dental.