Tooth Cavity Santa Monica, CA

Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent oral health concerns in America. Affecting both children and adults, tooth decay is a preventable disease, that can be avoided with diligent preventative oral health care. Tooth decay is a leading cause of tooth loss and can require complex restorative dental procedures if left untreated.

Dr. Dall’Olmo is a highly trained and experienced dentist with over 20 years of clinical experience treating complex restorative oral health concerns. Dr. Dall’Olmo has built his dental practice around providing patient focused conservative dental treatment plans that enhance and protect patient’s oral health.

The Development of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is most commonly caused by a lack of proper oral hygiene. Decay occurs when there is an excessive build up of plaque on the surface or in the crevices of the teeth. The acidic byproduct left behind by bacteria is what causes enamel erosion. Once the tooth is compromised by weakened tooth enamel, the tooth is susceptible to infection. Tooth decay and enamel erosion are a progressive oral health concern. Left untreated, decay can worsen, caught early tooth decay can be effectively and conservatively treated.

Treatment for Tooth Decay

Treatment for tooth decay will vary depending on the stage, location, and size of the decay. Dr. Dall’Olmo will always recommend that patients pursue the most conservative treatment plan possible with the goal of preserving the natural tooth. Preserving as much of the natural tooth supports long term oral stability and protects the integrity of the smile. If tooth extraction is necessary to restore the patient’s oral health, periodontist Dr. Dall’Olmo offers full-service in-house dental implant services. Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth and provide structural support and promote bone regeneration.