Sometimes the dental language might be a bit confusing and overwhelming, which could make your dental appointments stressful and bewildering. So, to help you understand the dental language a little bit more, your dentist, Dr. John Hobgood, and our Algiers Dental Associates team are happy to give you the definitions to the following commonly used dental terms:
Dental filling: A dental filling is a restoration that is needed when tooth decay has attacked and damaged your tooth. The filling fills the tooth after it has been cleaned, and it restores your oral health. There are different types of fillings available, including silver amalgam and composite resin fillings, and they all help you in different ways.
Dental crown: A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is helpful when you have a worn down, fractured, discolored, or decayed tooth. It covers the entire surface of your tooth, restores your oral health, and boosts your smile’s appearance.
Dental bridge: A dental bridge is a restorative treatment that replaces your missing teeth without the need for surgery. It is made of two dental crowns and one or more false teeth, and it is anchored by the natural teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your mouth.
Tooth decay: Tooth decay is a common but serious dental issue that attacks your teeth and causes cavities. It typically results from consuming too much sugar, not having a proper oral hygiene routine, and leaving plaque on your smile for a long period of time.
Gum disease: Gum disease is a dangerous dental issue that forms when the plaque on your teeth continues to grow and irritate your gums. Your oral tissues will begin to bleed and move away from your teeth, and if the disease is left untreated, it could result in loose and lost teeth.
Knowing these terms will help you better understand your oral health and dental care in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you would like to know more, please feel free to call our office at 504-361-3277 at your earliest convenience. Our helpful dental team is more than happy to give you the information you’re looking for!