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Prevalent dental conditions and the treatments you can get for them

Tooth decay

Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent dental conditions, a significant amount of the population will experience tooth decay and cavities at least once in their lifetime. Tooth decay is caused by excessive dietary sugar intake and poor oral hygiene. These factors promote the overgrowth of oral microbes, which produce and secrete simple organic acids as their metabolic end products. These acids can corrode and dissolve the mineral content of our teeth, which if left untreated will result in tooth decay and the formation of cavities. Prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and by using an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your oral microbiome under control. Tooth decay is only reversible at its earliest stage: this is marked by the appearance of a bright white patch on the surface of a tooth. Change your lifestyle at this stage to prevent tooth decay. If tooth decay has already occurred, it can be treated by fillings. If you are looking for a dentist in Waterlooville to provide you with fillings, book an appointment with us today: at Cowplain Dental Practice we offer tooth coloured fillings.


Tooth loss


Tooth loss can occur due to a wide range of causes, however, its leading causes are advanced tooth decay, periodontal disease or severe dental traumatic injuries. Tooth loss can be caused by tooth decay if the decay-causing bacteria reach and infect the pulp tissue in the core of the tooth. This is the living component of the tooth which is necessary for its function. Periodontal disease often accompanies advanced tooth decay. The bacteria that cause tooth decay can induce chronic inflammation in the gum tissue, which if left untreated can cause permanent damage leading to tooth loss. Dental injuries can also cause tooth loss. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, use an antibacterial mouthwash and wear a mouthguard when engaging in high-risk activities, such as martial arts or football. Tooth loss can be treated by dental implants, which are small titanium screws surgically implanted in the jawbone. They integrate into the bone and serve as a durable artificial root upon which the replacement teeth are attached. If you are looking for a dentist in Waterlooville to get dental implants, do not hesitate to book an appointment with us.


Cosmetic conditions


There is a wide range of conditions, which are not necessarily pathogenic but may impact the appearance of a smile. This includes tooth erosion or tooth discolouration. At Cowplain Dental Practice we can provide you with veneers for these conditions. Veneers are a small amount of material layered over the surface of a damaged tooth to improve its appearance and functionality. Various materials can be used to manufacture veneers, however, the most common materials today are porcelain and composite. With today’s advanced technology veneers are no longer a short term solution: veneers nowadays can last up to 30 years if cared for properly. If you are interested in getting veneers, our dentist in Waterlooville at Cowplain Dental Practice can help you with both advice and the treatment itself.