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Gulf Dental Center

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Frequently Asked Questions

RESTORATIVE CARE
A. What is tooth decay (caries or cavities)?
B. Who is at risk for tooth decay?
C. Why should I spend a lot of money on a root canal? Why not just pull the tooth?
D. What are dental implants??

A. Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities -- a highly Preventable disease caused by many factors.

B. The answer is... everyone who has a mouth. We all host bacteria in our mouths which make everyone a potential target for cavities.
Risk factors that put a person at a higher risk for tooth decay include:

◦Persons with diets high in sweets, carbohydrates, and sugars.
◦Persons who live in communities with limited or no fluoridated water supplies.
◦Children and senior citizens.

C. Losing a tooth can be the beginning of many more lost teeth. Saving the Tooth maintains space, keeps other teeth from shifting, and eliminates the need and cost of a bridge or implant. Although seemingly expensive, it is actually quite cost effective.

D. Dental Implants are made of titanium and placed directly into your jawbone surgically. Once they integrate with your bone, a crown, bridge or denture is placed over the implants.


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