As general dentists, we see many patients who have tooth decay. Both adults and children are susceptible to cavities, and we offer a broad range of services to help prevent & treat tooth decay.
If you have not visited the dentist for your preventive care exam, we recommend you visit our Severna Park dentist office. Preventive care visits allows our team of dentists to examine the teeth and gums for any signs of dysfunction. If we spot any signs of tooth decay, we can build a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. In most cases, cavities are treated with dental fillings. We will work with you to determine the best material to use for your dental filling.
How Does Tooth Decay Happen?
Most tooth decay is caused by plaque buildup. When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it activates bacteria in plaque, causing it to produce acid which erodes enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down, it forms a dental cavity.
Treatment For Tooth Cavities
If you do have a tooth cavity or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, our dentists can recommend a number of treatment options to restore the teeth to optimal health. A tooth filling is one of the most common methods for treating tooth cavities. Dr. Morgan places all types of dental fillings including amalgam, gold, resin, and porcelain and will help you choose which is best for your mouth.
Other treatment options may include inlays, onlays, and dental crowns. For patients with advanced symptoms of tooth decay, our dentists may suggest a root canal to bring the tooth to proper health.
Tooth Decay in Children
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America. Half of all first-graders and more than 80% of 17-year-olds have tooth cavities. Pediatric dentistry is extremely important to help children and adolescents establish healthy and regular oral hygiene routine. As a family dentists, we also provide comprehensive treatment for children to prevent and treat tooth cavities.