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An inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine can leave plaque and bacterial deposits in your mouth. As time goes on, the chronic presence of plaque acids can demineralize an area of tooth enamel. This is even more likely to occur in textured areas.

Without professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Lawrence Wu, these dental caries can continue to expand as the tooth decay compromises more and more of the surrounding healthy dental structure.

If it’s caught early, he might be able to treat the tooth by removing the compromised tooth enamel and applying a dental filling. In a case where a significant amount of tooth enamel has been traumatized, he might recommend a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate dental material.

In a more severe case, the bacterial tooth decay might penetrate the pulp or root of the tooth Dr. Lawrence Wu can treat a tooth in this condition with endodontic therapy. This will remove any compromised material before restoring sufficient structure to anchor an eventual dental crown.

If the root has been severely compromised or a dangerous infection has formed in your gums, Dr. Lawrence Wu might advocate a total dental extraction. Once your gums have healed, he can start the process of restoring the tooth by installing a dental implant or a dental bridge.

If you live in the San Jose, California, area and you have a severely decayed tooth, you should call 408-266-2800 to seek treatment and restoration at NuSmile Dental & Orthodontics.