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Are you tired of visiting the dentist and not knowing what the dental team is talking about? If so, our Hawkins Dental Group team is more than happy to help you! We want you to have a successful dental appointment where you understand what Dr. Brent Hawkins and our dental team are saying. To help you, we have provided the definitions to the following commonly used dental terms:

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 placed over your weak, decayed, or broken tooth. It covers the entire surface of your tooth and it looks completely natural. A crown can also be used to complete a dental implant treatment.

Dental bridge: A dental bridge is a restoration that is meant to replace your missing teeth and fill the gap in your smile without the need for surgery. It is made of two dental crowns and one or more false teeth, and it is anchored by the remaining natural teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your mouth.

Tooth decay: Tooth decay is a serious but common dental issue that develops when you consume too much sugar, have poor oral hygiene, or leave the plaque on your teeth untreated. If the tooth decay is not taken care of right away, it can result in tooth extraction.

Gum disease: Gum disease is a dangerous dental issue that develops when the plaque on your teeth continues to grow and bother your gums. As time passes, the plaque turns into tartar, moves below the gumline, and deteriorates your jaw bone. This could then result in loose and lost teeth. It’s best to prevent this disease at all costs.

Call 806-353-4361 today and talk to a member of our dental team if you would like to learn more! We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!