Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's just a little spot. No big deal. Right?

Enamel is the white stuff that makes up the outer covering of your teeth.
Enamel is the strongest substance in your body.
It is very difficult for bacteria to penetrate this layer.
Once it does however, the next layer, dentin, is much softer and easier to get through.
Therefore, all it takes is one little spot of decay to get into your tooth
and you could be in serious trouble.

Once bacteria are on the inside of the tooth they begin to multiply.
Bacteria need food, water, and warmth to multiply.
And your mouth has an abundance of all three.

Here is a before and after picture of a case that we just did today.
The patient came in complaining of intense pain but did not know why
as her tooth only showed the most mild of decay.

First picture shows the tooth before we started.
Only a small amount of decay present.
This picture shows the insides of the tooth after the decay was taken out.
The holes in the bottom are the places where the nerve used to be.
This tooth ended up getting a root canal.
Be careful. Any discoloration may be too much.
Get it checked out.

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