Why Are My Teeth Rotting?

Cosmetic Dentistry

We get all kinds of patients with all kinds of dental problems at the San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Some of the problems can be fixed in a single visit, while others take longer to care for.

However, there is one problem that requires attention to ensure you have strong teeth for the rest of your life. We have patients who struggle with teeth rotting, something that can lead to pain and a long list of side effects.

Tooth decay and rotting can happen to anyone and there are several reasons as to why it happens. Poor oral hygiene is one reason, but tooth-rotting can also happen because of plague formation and having a dry mouth.

Eating and drinking are directly linked to cavities. Plus, we do have bacteria in the mouth already, even though we may not like it.

While your general dentist can provide you with tips to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible, you may need to see a cosmetic dentist for some cosmetic dentistry work if the decay is severe.

Since rotting and decay can be fixed as a filling at your general dentist office, we use different methods if the rotting is beyond a simple filling.

Extensive rotting or cavities can be fixed by placing a crown over the tooth. For this kind of procedure, the cosmetic dentist will reshape the existing tooth down to remove the decay. This is done to ensure that the crown will fit over the tooth. 

This kind of procedure takes two visits – the first one will prepare the tooth and the second visit will include the tooth being placed.

Another procedure that is commonly used to address tooth decay is a root canal. During a root canal, the nerve and the pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. If the decay is severe, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected.

If you have any questions about tooth decay, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at the San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. We’d love to answer any questions you may have.