You probably do your best to protect your smile. You brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once, stay mindful about what you eat and drink, and visit your dentist at least every six months to prevent any problems from arising in the first place. Unfortunately, even with this vigilance about taking care of your smile, problems can occur. Tooth decay can form because of circumstances outside of your control, such as genetics. Your dentist in Mansfield, TX, can help you restore your smile. Restoring a tooth can protect your smile. 

Stop Progression of a Problem

Tooth decay is a progressive condition that will continue to worsen when it is left untreated. While something like a common cold will clear up naturally, tooth decay will not. In the early stages, tooth decay may erode the enamel to create a cavity. A filling at this stage can disinfect the tooth and restore the areas of erosion. If left to decay, the inner areas of the tooth can become affected. When a tooth becomes severely infected, an extraction can become necessary to prevent health problems.

Protecting Your Smile

Your enamel is the protective outer surface of a tooth. Once tooth decay has damaged it, the tooth becomes weak and vulnerable to both bacteria and breakage. Restoring a damaged tooth (damaged from decay or from accidental breakage) becomes important to protecting the overall health of the smile. A weak tooth cannot chew very well, which means you may end up chewing on one side of the mouth putting an uneven amount of wear and tear on your teeth. A crown can cap a tooth to restore the abilities to chew, bite, and protect the insides of the tooth. If a tooth is lost, a crown can be paired with a dental implant to replace the tooth and restore the smile.

Restoring your smile is important

Your oral health can be protected through restorative options. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.