Some of the most common issues that our local Northport dentist, Dr. Roger Curtiss, sees in his patients are related to tooth decay. The main cause of tooth decay is bacteria and if it isn’t properly removed through careful oral hygiene habits at home and regular visits to our office for professional cleanings, these bacteria can begin to cause serious problems in your mouth. They can eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing small holes of decay called cavities. Some signs that you might have a cavity include: mild to moderate toothache, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and visible holes in the tooth or teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should visit our local Northport dentist so that Dr. Curtiss can evaluate your symptoms and recommend treatment.
In some cases, a dental filling can mend the cavity and return your tooth back to its regular functionality and appearance. In cases where the decay is especially significant, Dr. Curtiss may recommend a tooth extraction. This simply means that the tooth will need to be removed, or pulled. Tooth extractions are an easy procedure during which you will be under local anesthesia so that you will feel no pain or discomfort. After the tooth has been removed, you may choose to visit our local Northport dentist for a dental implant or another replacement method in order to fill the space that has been created.
If you are interested in learning more about tooth decay, tooth extractions, or any of the other services provided by our local Northport dentist, we invite you to visit Dr. Curtiss’s website. There you can find additional information about these topics and more. If you have any questions or concerns that you feel we can help you with, we would love to hear from you so that we can address them. Feel free to give us a call during our regular office hours or send us a message anytime using the contact form on our website. Dr. Curtiss and staff look forward to working with you.