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Do you ever find yourself confused about the different words your dentist, Dr. Gary K. Walden, uses during your appointments? If so, our Family Dental Care team is happy to help you learn more dental terms so you can better understand the dental language. We have provided the definitions to the following dental terms to help you:

Dental filling: A dental filling is a restoration that is needed when your tooth has been attacked by tooth decay. The filling will fill your tooth after it has been cleaned and it will restore your oral health. There are different types of fillings available, like silver amalgam and composite resin fillings, and they can help you in many 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 restoration that can replace your missing teeth without the need for surgery. It represents your teeth and gums, and it is typically made of two dental crowns and one or more false teeth. The bridge is placed into the gap of your smile and it is anchored by the remaining natural teeth on both sides.

Tooth decay: Tooth decay is a serious dental issue that tends to attack teeth and cause cavities. It generally develops when you consume too much sugar, have poor oral hygiene, and leave oral plaque untreated. It’s vital that you have tooth decay treated as soon as possible. If you don’t, tooth extraction might be necessary.

Gum disease: Gum disease is a dangerous dental issue that should be avoided at all costs. It typically forms when the plaque on your teeth is left untreated and it irritates and infects your gums. There are different stages of this disease, and the further it progresses, the more damage it causes. Eventually, it will result in loose or lost teeth.

If you would like to know more about oral health and dental care, please call our office at 270.282.0909 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to teaching you all we know so you can have successful dental appointments!