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Tooth Decay

Pleasanton Tooth DecayGateway Dental Care is proud to help treat and prevent tooth decay in Pleasanton, California. Our state-of-the-art facility and professional dental team make each patient feel comfortable and confident, and our affordable dental care will have you leaving with a smile.

What Is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is something we all have to defend ourselves against because it can happen to anyone. Tooth decay is considered a disease, but it is easily treated and prevented if you take action to stop the process of decay before it starts. Our teeth are made of three layers: enamel, dentin and the pulp. The enamel is the white protective layer we flash when we smile. It covers the dentin, a bone-like matrix that is also porous. The pulp is the fleshy center of the tooth where all the nerves and blood vessels are located. Tooth decay starts when acids in your mouth eat away at these three layers; the resulting “hole” causes the demineralization we call a cavity.

Can I Prevent Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay begins when acid is left in your mouth, so it is important to limit your teeth’s exposure to it. When plaque forms on our teeth, it contains bacteria that feed off the sugars from the food and drink we ingest. As the bacteria feed, they produce the acid that demineralizes teeth and causes decay. The most important way to prevent decay from starting is to brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. Consistently visit your dentist two times a year for a proper cleaning and examination to find any trouble areas.

How Do You Treat Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is treatable, and the treatment plans vary based on the extent of the decay itself. Some treatments can be as simple as cleaning out the cavity and using material to fill the hole. If the damage is more extensive, a crown may be needed to replace the damaged areas of the tooth. This “crown” consists of a cap that adheres to the tooth and restores its original shape. Root canals are performed when the pulp has been decayed and must be scraped out. In the most extreme cases of decay, the entire tooth must be removed. Whatever your treatment entails, our team of dental professionals will make sure you are comfortable and well taken care of.

Banish Tooth Decay Today

We put an emphasis on quality care and a gentle touch so your visit is as pleasant as possible. Our patients are our number one priority, and helping you restore your teeth and gums to a healthy, vibrant state is our goal. Call Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton to make an appointment today and get your smile back on track.