Austintown Tooth Decay Dentist
At Premier Dental of Austintown, our dental team is well equipped to care for teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. We have several treatment options that can repair or replace the damaged tooth and restore your natural chewing function, minus the pain and ache associated with tooth decay.
What Causes Severe Tooth Decay?
The cause of severe tooth decay or rot is the same thing that causes cavities: bacteria in dental plaque. We eat sugar that feeds the bacteria, who produce acid that softens and weakens tooth enamel. When cavities develop into large holes on multiple teeth, there may be some underlying factors that contribute to the problem.
We commonly see severe tooth decay in patients who have never had any access to dentistry. Without preventive dental care, the disease process can run unchecked. When a lack of oral healthcare combines with a high-sugar diet and poor oral hygiene, it is not uncommon for severe, widespread decay to develop.
Widespread tooth decay is also common among people who use illicit drugs, like methamphetamines. These drugs lead to both severe dry mouth and a lack of both professional and home care. For this reason, you might hear rampant decay called “meth mouth”.
Many of our patients suffer from dry mouth as the result of taking multiple prescription medications. If someone with a dry mouth does not receive consistent dental care, he or she is at risk for rapid progression of decay.
People undergoing cancer treatment, using chemotherapy and/or radiation, also have a higher risk for developing rapidly growing tooth decay.
Do Rotten Teeth Have to Be Pulled?
In most cases, yes.
At Premier Dental of Austintown, we always recommend the dental treatment that will give you the best long-term success. In cases of rotten teeth, sometimes we can save them, but in the long run, it is better for the patient to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental restoration appliance. You can spend a lot of money to save a tooth that in the end, will still have a poor overall prognosis in the long term. When teeth are badly decayed, the success rate of restorations is typically low.
What are the Treatment Options for Severe Tooth Decay?
If severe tooth decay leaves you with multiple missing teeth, you have several options to replace them. With dental implants, we can even replace them in a way that does not require removal (like traditional dentures). Patients who are prone to rapidly progressing decay should consider dental implants as the most viable option to replace the missing teeth. This is because implants are impervious to decay. They cannot rot away, as teeth do.
Treating Tooth Decay in Austintown
Don't let a tooth or teeth affected by tooth decay go untreated. Dr. Rachel Doan and our expert staff in Austintown can provide a thorough exam and review the treatment options with you. If the damaged tooth is fixable, Dr. Doan will provide a treatment plan, but in the event that a tooth extraction is needed, we also offer several restorative dental procedures in Mahoning County in Ohio that will help you fill in gaps left by missing or extracted teeth and provide a more natural feeling structure of your mouth. Contact our dental office in Austintown today to get started with an initial consultation.
We Love New Patients in Austintown
If you've been avoiding the dentist because of tooth pain, our $89 New Patient Special is designed to get you back in the dental chair. This special offers Austintown dental patients a comprehensive exam, X-Rays, and a professional teeth cleaning. If Dr. Doan and the Austintown dental team discovers tooth decay, we will provide a care plan and schedule a follow up to relieve the pain you are experiencing from teeth damaged by decay.
We are a full-service dental practice, located in Austintown, Ohio, on Mahoning Avenue, near the intersection of S. Canfield-Niles Rd (Route 46) and Mahoning Ave. Our facility features plenty of parking, including handicap accessible spots with easy access to the entrance. Our dental practice in Austintown provides expert dental services as part of our general dentistry, serving patients in Mahoning County and the surrounding areas of Austintown, Youngstown, Ravenna, New Castle, Boardman, Mineral Ridge, Mill Creek and Canfield and other towns in the Mahoning Valley.