This young man had 10 permanent teeth that had never developed. With some alignment help form an orthodontist and a long day at my office (Dr. Childress), in 4:30 of treatment time we made all of the corrections you can see in the photo. A 1:00 long appointment in the morning and a 3:30 long appointment in the afternoon allowed us to make a dramatic, long lasting change.
There may be a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past. The ability to remineralize your tooth could do away with your dentist drilling out the decay in order to eliminate the cavity and fix your tooth. READ MORE (Opens new window/tab in your browser)
The American Dental Association and most dentists recommend having bitewing radiographs taken at least once every 12 months. That is because the bacteria that causes cavities, if left in between your teeth (from either lack of flossing or poor technique) can pit your enamel in just a few weeks and in 2-3 months they can eat through the enamel and get into the dentin of the tooth.
Below you will notice 2 bitewing radiographs. They are the same radiograph. In the first one you see, I have highlighted the interproximal decay to help train your eye on the area with the cavity. The second radiograph is the unaltered bitewing. For decay to show up in a radiograph it has to lower the density of the tooth structure (by dissolving the tooth with acids produced by the bacteria) 40-50%.
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