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Ask the Dentist: Tooth decay: the ways we care for your teeth

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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 8:49 am, Tue Nov 26, 2013.

Tooth decay: the ways we care for your teeth

How do I know if I have tooth decay?

A decayed tooth could either be broken or dark and discolored. An x-ray is often the best way to reveal whether you have tooth decay or not. If we can restore your natural tooth than we perform a root canal treatment where we put a post in and then the crown on top of it. If the tooth can’t be restored with a root canal than we extract the tooth and an implant is placed. We give the implant a couple months to heal and then the patient comes back and has a crown put on it.

Is a root canal or an implant the only two treatments offered?

No. Our treatments vary on how much tooth decay you have. If there is a small amount of decay then a patient will just need a small amount of filling. If there is some decay with no root or nerve damage then a crown is a put on. If there is extensive decay then that’s when a root canal with possibly a crown is put on. After that partial dentures are offered, which replace one or several missing teeth or there’s the full denture where all the teeth are extracted - dentures can be placed with mini or full size implants to retain the denture without slipping. Basically, there are a variety of options it just all depends on the condition of your teeth.

Do I have to make a separate appointment to have a scan done on my teeth?

No. Just call in and we can do it at your next visit. You will then receive a complimentary consultation where we will take a scan with our 3D imaging system and then assess what your needs are. If you have any questions feel free to call our office at 480.834.9001.

Dental Center of Mesa

Dr. Jonathan Kalika

1545 E. University Drive

Mesa, AZ 85203


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