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Bottom line, anyone who has teeth can get cavities, and cavities and dental decay are among the world’s most common health problems. Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into very small openings or holes. Also referred to as tooth decay, cavities are caused by a number of issues, including teeth not being cleaned well, bacteria in your mouth, snacking too often, and drinking overly sugared beverages. Our East Northport cosmetic dentist, Roger Curtiss, DDS, likes to educate all our patients on the importance of good oral hygiene and the consequences of cavities and dental decay.

11768 Dental Exams

11768 Dental Exams

When cavities are left untreated, they get larger and soon affect the deeper layers of your teeth. These untreated cavities will also lead to infection, severe toothache, and, ultimately, loss of the tooth. Dr. Curtiss cannot stress enough how important regular dental visits are as well as good brushing and flossing habits to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Some signs to look out for are toothache, sensitivity or sharp pain when eating sweets or something hot or cold, pain when biting down, visible holes in teeth, or any discharge around your teeth or gums. There may be no symptoms at all when a cavity is new but our East Northport cosmetic dentist might be able to see decay starting and recommend the proper steps to prevent it from getting worse. That’s why it’s necessary to make and keep regular dental checkup appointments as well and cleanings. Your mouth can feel fine but by the time you notice symptoms, the damage has gotten worse.

As far as treatments for cavities go, it depends on the severity of the decay and each patient’s situation. One common treatment for cavities just beginning is a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth repair themselves at early stages of decay. Once the damage has become permanent, fillings replace decayed areas of your teeth and are the main treatment option. If you have extensive decay or your teeth have gotten weak due to the cavity, you may need a crown, instead of a filling, to restore your tooth. Our East Northport cosmetic dentist will recommend a root canal when decay reaches the inner material of your tooth (pulp). With this procedure, the tooth pulp is removed and replaced with a filling. When teeth become badly decayed and there is no option for restoration, they must be removed.

Dental Decay East Northport
299 Main Street, Suite I
Northport, New York 11768
631-706-4185

Dentist East Northport

Dentist East Northport

Whether due to poor hygiene, bad eating habits or just bad genetic luck, lots of Americans suffer from gum disease, which is characterized by swollen and bleeding gums, among other signs and symptoms. As with a great many other diseases of the body, gum disease progresses in stages of steadily increasing severity. Each one of these stages, in its turn, requires an ever more involved course of treatment. Because Roger Curtiss, DDS — our East Northport dentist — sees patient education as an integral component of patient health, we’d like to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about the stages of gum disease and the stages of addressing it.

Periodontal Care East Northport

Periodontal Care East Northport

Gum disease starts off small, when bacteria in accumulated plaque cause gums to become red and inflamed. This first stage is called “gingivitis”, and, generally speaking, it’s fairly easily cured with a combination of improved oral hygiene habits and a professional cleaning. However, if gingivitis is allowed to fester unimpeded, swollen gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where plaque and bacteria can gain an even stronger foothold. This is called periodontitis, and once this happens, your East Northport dentist will need to go beyond simple cleaning to a pair of procedures called periodontal scaling and planing to bust up plaque deposits and smooth out the roots of affected teeth (bacteria love any nook and cranny they can find). Now, if Roger Curtiss, DDS, checks you out and finds signs that these pockets in your gums have become especially large, you may need to undergo pocket reduction surgery.

You may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Sure, gum disease is uncomfortable and somewhat unsightly, but, really, what’s the big deal? We here at the practice of Roger Curtiss, DDS, hate to break it to you, but gum disease threatens more than just your comfort and appearance. If left to its own devices, periodontal disease can cause tooth-loss and, believe it or not, spread serious infection to other parts of your body. This is why prompt treatment is so very important. If you’ve noticed your gums aren’t looking so hot — or even if you’ve simply not been to the dentist in a while — call or go online to set up an appointment with our East Northport dentist today!

Gum Disease Treatments East Northport
299 Main Street, Suite I
Northport, New York 11768
631-706-4185