Is your smile picture perfect? Perhaps cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Paul Levine is the answer. Dr. Levine and the team at Levine Dental in Milwaukee, WI. have seen first-hand how cosmetic dentistry transforms self-confidence and self-image.
What is restorative dental treatment? When your teeth are affected by the bacteria in present in your mouth, or the acidic foods we eat, or our clenching and grinding habits, they break down. Restorative dentistry is repairing those breakdowns, and building your teeth back up to normal function.
There are many reasons why your teeth may need restorative dental treatment. The most common reason is decay. Fractured or broken teeth and old fillings that need to be replaced are other common reasons for needing restorative dental care. If Dr. Levine recommend that a tooth with a cavity be treated and more than a few weeks pass after the initial diagnosis, the cavity will almost always get bigger and can even cause pain or a toothache. Cavities are caused by bacteria that thrive on the sugars that we eat. Once the bacteria grow and multiply, the cavity grows bigger and deeper toward the nerve of the tooth. That tooth will then require more extensive and expensive treatment in order to save it from being removed entirely. That tooth may even have to be removed and replaced.
If you have a cavity and it needs a restoration, there are different kinds of modern dental materials that may be used. Tooth-colored fillings, crowns, veneers, are all ways that Dr. Levine can restore your smile to its best and brightest possible. Cosmetic dentistry allows Dr. Levine to treat and restore teeth to a brighter and whiter standard, leaving you with more confidence in your smile. We have seen first hand how a confident smile can change the outlook our patients have on life. Those patients Dr. Levine has treated with his skilled hand at cosmetic dentistry smile more often and are generally more positive-minded.
How a Cavity Forms
A cavity is a very small hole that forms on the surface, side, or root of a tooth. Cavities are caused when sugars in the food you eat combine with the naturally occurring bacteria present in your mouth. This combination produces a mild acid that eats away at the enamel, the hard outer layer of your tooth. Cavities can occur at any age, but most occur during childhood when dental hygiene may be less thorough. There is a genetic component to dental health, including teeth, gums, and the bone that holds the teeth. No matter how good your genes are, if you don’t take good care of your teeth you may be prone to very serious consequences.
Babies tend to get cavities on the front teeth, especially if they are given a bottle to sleep with. Even milk contains sugar that can harm teeth. This is referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. Children tend to get cavities on the chewing surfaces as well as in-between teeth. Adults can be at risk for both new and recurrent cavities.New cavities tend to form between teeth as well as on the root surfaces. The cavities that form between teeth are typically related to a lack of flossing. Cavities on the root surfaces of teeth generally occur because this area is not covered with enamel and is softer and more prone to cavities. The exposed root may be the result of hard brushing or bone loss related to gum disease. Cavities that reoccur form next to existing restorations such as fillings, crowns, bridges, etc. As restorations get old, the filling material can shrink or wear away, causing the possibility of a small space forming between the tooth and the restoration. This provides a prime area for bacteria to accumulate and breed decay. Click the link to do an experiment with fluoride to see how it helps fight cavities.
Cavities and Restoration Choices
As part of any visit to our office, we check all of your restorations such as crowns, fillings, bridges, veneers, etc. for any sign of decay or old age and we may recommend x-rays so that we can see inside and between your teeth. If we spot any cavities, we will recommend different options for restoring the tooth to full function. If the cavity is in the very early stages, we may decide to keep an eye on it and recommend a home fluoride rinse to help the tooth fight the cavity and possibly prevent the need for a restoration.