Each tooth has a role; front (anterior) teeth are for biting and back (posterior) teeth are for tearing and grinding food. Our teeth work together in harmony to keep the jawbone healthy and maintain the proper distribution of pressure when you bite together.
If a tooth becomes damaged due to decay or an old restoration begins to break down, the function of the tooth is affected. Over time with continued wear and exposure to oral bacteria, compromised teeth can continue to deteriorate and may become painful.
At East Alabama Family Dentistry, we believe that virtually all the 'worst case scenarios' in dentistry can be prevented with regular visits and conservative treatment at the earliest possible stage.