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Tooth Decay Treatment at Happy Smiles Dental

Restoring Health and Beauty to Your Smile

At Happy Smiles Dental, we understand that tooth decay is a common but serious issue that can affect anyone, regardless of age. Our dedicated team is committed to providing effective, compassionate care to stop decay in its tracks, restore your tooth's health, and prevent future issues. With state-of-the-art technology and a patient-centered approach, we ensure that your journey back to oral health is comfortable, efficient, and successful.

Understanding Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, or dental caries, occurs when the enamel of the tooth is damaged by acids produced by bacteria in plaque. If left untreated, decay can lead to pain, infection, and even tooth loss. Early detection and treatment are crucial in preserving the tooth and preventing more extensive and costly procedures.

Our Tooth Decay Treatment Options

  • Fillings: The most common treatment for early-stage decay, where the affected area is removed and the tooth is filled with a durable material.
  • Inlays and Onlays: Custom-fitted and made from porcelain or composite material, inlays and onlays are used when the decay is too extensive for a standard filling but not severe enough for a crown.
  • Crowns: For more advanced decay, a crown may be necessary to cap and protect the remaining tooth structure.
  • Root Canal Therapy: If decay reaches the tooth's pulp, root canal therapy is performed to remove the infected tissue and save the tooth.
  • Extraction: In cases where the tooth cannot be saved, extraction may be the best option to prevent the spread of infection.

Why Choose Happy Smiles Dental for Tooth Decay Treatment?

  • Expertise: Our team of dental professionals has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating tooth decay, using the latest techniques and materials.
  • Comprehensive Care: We offer a full range of treatment options and work with you to choose the best solution for your individual needs.
  • Comfort and Convenience: Your comfort is our priority. We offer pain management options and strive to make your treatment as stress-free as possible.
  • Preventative Approach: Beyond treating existing decay, we focus on education and preventive care to help you avoid future dental issues.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Prevention is always better than cure. At Happy Smiles Dental, we emphasize the importance of regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene, and a healthy diet to prevent tooth decay. Our team is here to provide guidance and support to help you maintain a healthy, decay-free smile.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you're experiencing symptoms of tooth decay or just overdue for a check-up, Happy Smiles Dental is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. Together, we can achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.

Available Doctors

Dr. Diana Gerov, DDS
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

  • According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should receive their first dental checkup between six months and one year of age. This will allow your dentist to confirm the healthy development of your child’s baby teeth. From this point on, regular checkups once every six months should be the norm unless your dentist recommends otherwise.
  • Simply click the book an appointment button on your screen to schedule an appointment at your convenience! Our front desk staff will be happy to hear from you. Please let us know if you are a new patient and we will work with you to make sure that your first appointment goes smoothly and comfortably!
  • Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common dental problems—and also one of the most easily treated and avoided. Caused by plaque and bacteria buildup, gum disease can be further aggravated by tobacco use, teeth grinding, and certain medications. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Left untreated, however, gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. Here are a few common symptoms of gum disease: - Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums - Chronic bad breath - Loose teeth, or loss of teeth - Extreme tooth sensitivity - Receding gum line - Abscessed teeth
  • A cavity is a small hole inside of a tooth caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay is generally caused when plaque builds up outside the tooth and combines with sugar and starches in food ad drinks. This produces an acid that destroys tooth enamel and makes tooth decay possible. Left untreated, cavities can cause serious oral health problems—not to mention quite a deal of pain! The best way to prevent cavities is by regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.
  • - Brush your teeth a minimum of two times per day. - Just as importantly, floss at least once! - Use toothpaste that contains fluoride in order to help prevent cavities. - Avoid foods with a lot of sugar, as sugar increases the amount bacteria in your mouth. - Avoid tobacco, as it stains your teeth and greatly increases your risk for oral cancer. - Brush your tongue in order to remove food particles, reduce bacteria, and keep your breath smelling fresh. - Change your toothbrush every three months. - Schedule a routine checkup with your dentist every six months, even if your teeth feel fine!
  • As mentioned above, the general consensus (which is also promoted by the American Dental Association) states that most adults and children should visit the dentist twice per year—roughly once every six months. However, it is important to remember that patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may need to visit the dentist more often. The only way to be certain about your individual needs is to speak with a dentist.
  • Choosing a dentist is a personal decision that should be made based upon your dental needs, as well as your personal values. Here are a few of the reasons we believe that Digital Dental Arts is the best choice for our patients. - Convenient scheduling options. - Central location right off the Union Turnpike in Queens. - State-of- the-Art facility. - Special attention to making our patients feel comfortable. - Attention to preventative care and the development of good dental habits. - Straightforward payment process and willingness to work with insurance companies.
  • The general medical consensus affirms that the average patient should see the dentist roughly once every six months. Unfortunately, many people do not take this seriously because they do not understand the importance of dental checkups. Here are a few reasons why visiting the dentist is important. - Defends against tooth decay - Lowers your risk of chronic bad breath. - Protects against gum disease, (known professionally as Periodontal Disease.) - Lowers your risk of tooth and bone loss - Eliminate the stains that develop inevitably due to food, drinks, and tobacco - Strengthens your teeth, which can improve the quality of your life for years to come. - Helps you look and feel your best, knowing that you have a healthier and more attractive smile!
  • Absolutely! Although you may be seeing your orthodontist regularly, it is still very important that you see your dentist regularly. In fact, it is especially important that you receive regular cleaning, as braces can trap food and particles in a manner that is difficult for regular brushing to remove. This can increase your risk of many oral conditions. Dental checkups will allow your dentist to work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your mouth stays clean and healthy while wearing braces.
  • As the name suggests, fillings are used to fill cavities after they have been treated. Here are a few important facts about fillings that all patients should know: - Receiving a filling is generally painless due to anesthetics. - Fillings are made from specially chosen materials designed to be safe and comfortable. - If you think you might need a filling, contact your dentist as soon as possible.