Oklahoma City Dentist Providing Dental Care
Taking care of your oral health now can save you many hours in the dentist’s chair later. Cleanings, checkups, and good oral hygiene are the foundation for good oral health. When appointments are missed, or a patient is lax when it comes to his or her oral hygiene, dental problems can develop.
One of the most common dental problems that arise from neglect is decay. It is estimated that over 90 percent of Americans either have or will experience decay. If left untreated, decay can lead to other serious issues and eventually the loss of the tooth.
Dr. Rykard can detect dental decay before you begin experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold drinks and food, or develop that dreaded toothache. This is why keeping your regular appointments is so important. The earlier the problem is detected the easier it is to repair the damage. When you are brushing your teeth, if you observe pits or holes in your tooth enamel you should schedule a checkup because it is likely that it is a cavity.
If the decay is detected early, a filling can be used to restore the tooth. Once Dr. Rykard removes the decay, he will restore the tooth with a tooth colored filling. When the process is complete, the restoration is undetectable.
The longer the decay is left untreated the more damage will occur. Depending on how the decay damages the tooth, it could result in a crown, root canal, or extraction being necessary.
When the cavity has damaged too much of the tooth for a filling to be able to restore it, but has not damaged the tooth’s pulp, a crown may be the best option for preserving and restoring the natural tooth.
Root canal therapy
If the decay has reached the pulp of the tooth and resulted in an infection, root canal therapy is the only way to preserve the natural tooth. Once the procedure is complete, you will likely need a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth; this may be performed in a second appointment.
If the decay has resulted in too much damage for the tooth to be, restored Dr. Rykard will need to extract it. Since a missing tooth can lead to other dental issues, it must be replaced. The two most common options are a fixed bridge or a dental implant. Dr. Rykard will explain the options and help you decide what is best for you.
Oklahoma City, OK residents, if you suspect you may be suffering from decay, or it has been a while since you have seen the dentist, call Dr. Rykard’s office today at (405) 896-6919 and schedule your appointment.