When It Comes to Tooth Decay There Are Several Options for Treatment

Maintaining excellent oral health habits support your efforts to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from gaining a foothold in your smile. Your diligent daily oral hygiene routine–brushing and flossing, combined with regular dental cleanings and exams help you win the fight against tooth decay. But what if you have a cavity, what are your options for treatment? Let’s have a look!

The simplest treatment for mild to moderate tooth decay is placing a dental filling in the cavity after removing any decay. However, when the decay leaves a large cavity or has extensive damage to the tooth, a dental filling may not be an option. If this is the case, our dentist at the practice of Walter E. Davis, DDS, may repair the damage with a dental crown after removing all decayed material. A dental crown is simply a tooth-shaped “cap’ that replaces the outer shell of the tooth and is cemented over the tooth for a durable fix.

Should the decay go untreated long enough, allowing it to reach inside of the tooth, affecting the pulp, nerves, and roots, you will need a root canal to remedy this issue. In this case, all decay is removed and the area cleaned. Then, a rubber-like material will be placed into the hole left behind and topped with a dental crown. But if a tooth has been extensively damaged and unable to support a crown, the tooth will need extracting and Dr. Walter Davis may place a dental bridge.

When treated early, tooth decay is easiest and least invasive to repair. The longer you wait, the more invasive your treatment may be. If you have a tooth which you suspect might have a cavity, please don’t hesitate to give our team in Muskogee, Oklahoma, a call at 918.682.1961. We are ready to help you with all of your smile care needs!



Dental Onlays Can Help Your Smile Needs

At the dental practice of Walter E. Davis, DDS, we care for your smile using dental procedures which are kind to your health as well as cosmetically attractive to boost your self-confidence. This matters because your smile health is vulnerable to dental issues, such as oral trauma, tooth decay, and other damage that can arise over time, but that doesn’t mean dental restorations can’t be aesthetically pleasing in the process.

Thanks to modern dentistry, Dr. Walter Davis is able to offer our patients in Muskogee, OK, onlays to fix tooth damage to restore the tooth’s function. Our dental onlays cover one or more cusps on a tooth or even the entire biting surface, as necessary. On the spectrum of dental restorations, onlays are somewhere in between dental fillings and crowns. Interestingly, onlays are sometimes called partial crowns since they cover so much of a tooth’s area.

When Dr. Walter Davis places your onlay, it will be strong and durable while blending in naturally with your tooth by being matched to the tooth’s size and shape. What does this mean for you? A sturdy restoration which also compliments your tooth’s appearance.

If you have a tooth with minor to moderate damage or decay, Dr. Walter Davis can place a dental onlay on top of the tooth, or between the teeth, and even down to the gum line. If you have a chipped or damaged tooth, a dental onlay can effectively restore your smile.

If you would like to take the next step in restoring your smile, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Walter Davis to determine what is the right option for your needs. Please give our dental team a call at 918.682.1961 and maintain your confident smile!

Lower Your Risk for Cavities with Dental Sealants

One of the biggest oral health risks for children at a young age is cavities. Cavities are such a risk because it is so easy for them to attract infant teeth that aren’t fully grown in yet. Children also tend to be exposed to higher levels of sugar, which is a known enamel eater.

Lower your risk for cavities with dental sealants, which offer these thrilling benefits:

– Sealants are often clear and allow the natural beauty of teeth to continue to shine through.

– Children can benefit greatly from dental sealants, as they are often at the greatest risk for cavities and tooth decay. Studies done by the CDC have shown that children with sealants are 3 times less likely to develop cavities on protected teeth.

– Around the age of 6, a child’s first molar begins to erupt above the gum line. At this time, sealants can be beneficial for their teeth.

– A single dental sealant can often last over 10 years before a replacement should be considered.

– Tooth enamel is better protected when under the aid of dental sealants, which can resist the acids that erode through normal teeth.

– According to multiple studies, you can lower your risk for tooth decay by as much as 80% with the application of dental sealant treatments.

If you would like to have your teeth inspected by our team at Walter Davis, please schedule an appointment with Dr. and our team at our dentist office in Muskogee, Oklahoma. To schedule a visit, please call us at 918.682.1961. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dental Cleanings Promote Positive Oral Health

Who doesn’t want to be healthy? Did you know having a healthy smile is part of your overall health? Well, it’s true! Dental cleanings promote positive oral health and can help avoid serious problems long term. That is why our team in Muskogee, Oklahoma, is happy to talk to you about the importance of a dental exam and why they can help your smile stay healthy.

Dental exams contain a wide variety of benefits. Some of these include spotting cavities before they become too large or need costly treatments. If you can spot a cavity and take care of it while it is small, the chances of needing other procedures like a root canal, dental crowns, or even dental implants become very slim. That is why it is vital to catch oral health concerns early.

Dental exams also inspect your smile for oral cancer as well. Unfortunately, cancer has swept the globe in many different forms putting lives at risk each day. Did you know, oral cancer can be equally dangerous when left untreated? Well, it’s true! That is why having a professional dental checkup every six months can be beneficial to catching any cancer early to begin treatment before it becomes too late or severe to manage.

Having a healthy smile is vital to your overall wellbeing. Having a healthy mouth is not only beautiful but beneficial for long-term health care. If you feel it’s time for a dental exam or would like your dental cleaning early, please call our office today at 918.682.1961 to schedule an appointment with Dr. and a friendly member of our team. Our talented staff stands ready to take your call and give you a healthy smile you can be proud of!

A Tooth Lost to Untreated Decay Might Require a Bridge Restoration

Tooth decay occurs when the natural bacteria living in your mouth manage to exploit a compromised area of tooth enamel. If you delay seeking professional care at our dental office, the cavity can continue to grow in size. This process could be significantly accelerated by any inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine.

As time goes by, the decay could cause the tooth to severely fracture or it could even allow an infection to form in the root. This could potentially lead to total tooth loss.

To prevent a dangerous infection from spreading, the tooth may need to be extracted to allow the gums to heal. When you’re ready, he can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth. One of the fastest and most effective methods is to have a dental bridge restoration. This usually requires two separate appointments.

After numbing the area, Dr. will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each of the neighboring teeth. The remaining cores of the teeth will form abutments that will later anchor your bridge.

A detailed impression will be cast of the area, including the two abutments and the related teeth in your bite. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be created. Dr. will secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them.

When it’s ready, Dr. will cement the bridge onto the two abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Muskogee, Oklahoma, area and you have lost a tooth to untreated decay, you should call 918.682.1961 to seek professional treatment at our dental office.

A Tooth Suffering with a Damaged Root Might Need Endodontic Therapy

Sports injuries are always a cause for concern, regardless of the specific athletic activity. While training can lead to simple mechanical injuries, like bruises and sprained joints, it can also result in oral trauma. This is even more likely to occur if you participate in a contact sport without the protection of a high-quality mouthguard.

Sometimes an oral trauma can be so severe that it damages a tooth. While there are many general dentistry treatments for a chipped tooth or dental fracture, more severe dental trauma might require an endodontic specialist.

If the dental trauma has damaged the root of the tooth, Dr. might need to administer endodontic therapy.

Often referred to as a root canal, this course of treatment will remove the tooth enamel layer of the damaged tooth to gain access to the compromised structures within. Your endodontist will then extract any damaged material before rebuilding the tooth with a special dental material.

With this stage of treatment completed, he can then start the process of fitting the tooth for a standard dental crown. Once it has been cemented in place, the full presence and function of the tooth will serve you for many years ahead.

If you live in the Muskogee, Oklahoma, area and you have suffered a badly damaged tooth, you should call 918.682.1961 to have it treated and restored at Walter Davis.

A Modest-Sized Cavity Can Often Be Repaired by a Standard Filling

There are times when even the most effective oral hygiene routine is not enough to prevent a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. Telltale symptoms that a tooth is in need of treatment include heightened sensitivity or a change in texture. If it’s caught early, your dentist, Dr. , can often repair a small-to-modest-sized cavity with a standard dental filling.

Your dentist will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. This will help him assess the extent of the decay, ensuring that the internal structures of the tooth have not been affected. Your dentist will then discuss your numbing options. The most common method is to inject Novocain into your gums.

Your dentist will then remove any decayed enamel with a drill. This will leave behind a clean, healthy surface for the eventual filling to adhere to. The tooth’s appearance in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence the material your dentist recommends for your filling.

Amalgam fillings are made from a biologically safe metal alloy. They are dark in color so they are most often called for to repair a cavity that isn’t prevalent in your smile. Composite resin fillings are made from a dental plastic resin that can be shaded to match tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile.

If you’re concerned that a filling has formed on one of your teeth and you would like to learn more about dental fillings in Muskogee, Oklahoma, you should call 918.682.1961 to have it examined and repaired at Walter Davis.

Craft Your Perfect Smile With a Teeth Whitening Treatment System

Craft your perfect smile with a tooth whitening treatment system. Not only will your teeth look better, but having white teeth can vastly improve social interactions and improve self-esteem. If you are interested in having your teeth professionally whitened, our team is here to assist you. If you are interested in whitening your teeth yourself, there are a few options to consider. Our team can put you on a plan for at-home use, or you can purchase a whitening system plan over-the-counter at many retail stores.

Be aware of the following guidelines when whitening your teeth:

– Not all teeth whitening products use the same materials to whiten teeth. Thus, some bleach teeth deeper than others that simply look to only remove stains at the surface.
– Before using any dental product always contact your dentist to ensure the product is right for you.
– Beware of any products that stimulate tooth sensitivity, gum bleaching, or gum irritation.
– The three major types of teeth whitening products are over-the-counter, dentist-administered bleaching treatments, and treatments prescribed by dentists for at-home use.
– Always use a teeth bleaching product exactly as instructed and for the time required. Leaving a whitening product on for far too long can damage your mouth.

If you would like to have your teeth whitening treatments done by Dr. , please call our office at 918.682.1961. We are conveniently located in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and would love for you to stop by. For the best results, whiten your teeth safely and effectively at our office!

Partial or Full Dentures Can Replace Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, that can create many different problems for your mouth, teeth, and even general health. Speech impairment, chewing trouble, and embarrassment can all come from missing teeth. Full or partial dentures may be the best solution to restore your teeth and smile.

If you need partial dentures, our dentist will make sure the teeth surrounding the area to receive a denture are strong and healthy. If they’re not, he may recommend having them extracted and adding them to the denture. If you need a full denture, he’ll prep your mouth to receive it.

Once the area to receive the denture has been properly prepared, Dr. Walter Davis will make a detailed impression of the area, from the gums to the surrounding teeth to the opposing teeth. This will let the dental lab construct the denture to function perfectly.

The technician will use the cast to made the foundation of your dentures so they will be comfortable in your mouth. Once you have them, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods as you always did.

If you have lost multiple teeth and you are interested you should consider calling Dr. Walter Davis’s clinic in Muskogee, Oklahoma at 918.682.1961 to see if you are a good candidate for dentures.

Medication and Your Teeth

You probably know that there are a number of things you should do to protect your teeth. The health of your mouth can actually affect the health of your entire body. For this reason, we recommend being conscientious of the medications you take, and telling our dentist about any medications you take.

There are more than 400 medications that can cause dry mouth, which greatly reduces the amount of saliva you have in your mouth. While this may not seem overly serious, if you don’t have enough saliva, bacteria and food particles can stay on your teeth, causing decay, infection, and irritation.

Certain inhaler medications, typically used for asthma or bronchitis, can cause a yeast infection known as candidiasis. However, please note that you may be able to slow this problem by rinsing your mouth out with water after each use. Other medications can cause a buildup of gum tissue. Your gums could become swollen, tender, and even start to grow over your teeth.

Other medications can also lead to a number of serious issues. Some of these medications include high blood pressure and heart medications, antidepressants, and antipsychotic medications. Even over the counter pain medications can cause issues with your oral health.

If you’ve experienced some of these symptoms, we recommend visiting our dentist as soon as possible. Our dentist and our team will be happy to examine your mouth and offer you and advice you need. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!