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By Rochester Dental
December 18, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Troy   Crowns  
Crowns Troy MITooth decay is the process that results in a cavity (dental caries), and occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth.  If tooth decay is not treated, it can cause pain, infection and potential tooth loss.  No one wants to lose a tooth, or even experience a cavity.  Luckily, tooth decay is easily preventable and treated with dental crowns in Troy by Dr. Debra Halsey and Dr. Bill Carmody.
 

Causes and Symptoms of Tooth Decay

 
The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay.  When food is not properly removed from your teeth a clear, sticky substance called plaque that contains bacteria is always forming on your teeth and gums.  As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food that you eat, they make acids, which attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating.  Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. 
 
Typically, tooth decay does not cause any symptoms until you have a cavity or an infected tooth. When this occurs, a toothache is the most common symptom experienced.  Our cosmetic dentists in Troy properly diagnose tooth decay by:
 
  • Asking questions about your past dental and medical problems
  • Examining your teeth
  • Taking x-rays of your teeth and mouth
 
And if you have tooth decay or other damage to your teeth, Dr. Halsey and Dr. Carmody offer proper treatment in Troy with crowns.
 

What are Dental Crowns?

 
A crown is a type of dental restoration that fully caps, or covers, a portion of your tooth that lies at and above the gum line.  Once it has been cemented into place, a crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.  Crowns are one of dentistry’s most versatile restorations because they offer a way to repair and strengthen your damaged teeth. 
 
Additionally, dental crowns also provide a way to improve a tooth’s appearance, including color, shape and even apparent alignment.  They can be made out of porcelain, metal or a combination of dental ceramic and metal alloy.  However, porcelain crowns are most highly used, as they closely resemble natural teeth. 
 
As a family dentist in Troy, Dr. Halsey and Dr. Carmody might recommend a crown for an array of reasons, but most of them will fall within one or more of the following categories:
 
  • Restoring or making changes to a tooth’s shape
  • Reinforcing a structurally compromised tooth
  • Improving a tooth’s appearance
 

Begin Now – Prevent Tooth Decay and Damage

 
You can help prevent tooth decay by following these tips provided by the American Dental Association (ADA):
 
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean between your teeth daily with floss
  • Eat nutritious and well-balanced meals
  • Limit snacking
  • Check with your dentist about the use of supplemental fluoride to strengthen your teeth, and about dental sealants to protect chewing surfaces
  • Visit your Troy family dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examinations
 
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Debra Halsey and Dr. Bill Carmody in Troy about crowns and how this procedure can help repair damaged teeth for further protection against harm and decay. With regular cleanings and examinations, you can help prevent tooth decay with the help of your dentist.