Drs. Grant and Conger
602 Main Street, Dalton, GA 30720

Tooth Decay, Dental Caries and Affordable Dentists

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To understand how cavities occur, it helps to start with a basic idea of how tooth anatomy works. Your teeth are made up of several layers. The outer layer is called enamel, and it is the toughest substance in your body. Underneath your gum line, cementum covers each of your teeth’s roots. The next layer is known as dentin. It has some nerve endings, but not as many as the core underneath, which is called the pulp. A mature tooth’s pulp serves only to warn us of damage or infection. It does so by transmitting the sensation of pain.

How Cavities Attack
Food trapped in the irregular grooves and pitted areas of your teeth’s chewing surfaces is often a root cause of decay. The damage soon spreads from their thin enamel surfaces to the tooth’s underlying dentin. Another way a cavity attacks is from smoother surfaces between teeth or on the front and back. The affected area is usually wide and comes to a point at the entrance to deeper layers of the tooth.

How Your Dentist Finds and Treats Tooth Decay

Visual exams and use of small probes assist your dentist in finding cavitations. X-ray examinations, especially bitewing x-rays, reveal caries wedged between teeth and under the gum line. When these methods don’t reveal enough information, your dentist may use a disclosing solution to test suspicious areas. If a cavity extends into the dentin, treatment is necessary. The two-part goal of cavity treatment includes removing decay and replacing it with a filling material. After injecting a local anesthetic, your dentist uses a high-speed dental drill to remove all decayed portions of the tooth and prepare it for a filling. A liner is often inserted into the tooth to reduce sensitivity. Base cements may be added to deeper fillings for temperature insulation. The actual filling is usually made from amalgam, resin, porcelain or gold. Fillings are layered on top of the liner to rebuild its structure.

Preventing Cavities

While affordable dentists can repair most decayed teeth, cavity prevention is always preferable. The easiest way to avoid the dental drill is to maintain excellent oral hygiene. Brush at least twice every day, and floss once daily. Avoid or limit sugary snacks and drinks, and visit your dentist regularly.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Dalton, call Drs. Grant and Conger today at (706) 847-4165 or make an appointment.

Drs. Grant and Conger offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Dalton. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Grant and Conger, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Grant and Conger.

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Patient Reviews
Great staff and service. We have been coming here for over 30 years. Thanks for taking care of us over the years!
Mary S.
Exceptional care and expertise advice on how to maintain a healthy routine of flossing and brushing every day to ensure that I am doing all I can on my own to ensure that my check ups have wonderful […]
Janet H.
I recently started going to their office as I’m in need of a lot of work, and I have never had such pleasant experience with a dentist. Dr. Rouche and his assistant Isabel are the best, both are […]
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The staff is always so caring and concerned about how I’m doing during any of my dental work. Everyone there goes above and beyond to create a wonderful atmosphere! I wouldn’t want to go anywhere […]
Lauren F.
All of the staff is very friendly. I love Dr. Grant he is the best. Offering Dentrite is also a big reasonI, When I retired, I lost dental insurance when I left my job. My hygienist mentioned […]
Barbara J.
The staff is such a fantastic group. I am very comfortable with Dr. Rausch as my dentist.
Linda K.
Everyone is kind and respectful! I also love that they are time efficient.
Kayla C.
I was blown away by the personal attention I received at my dental visit. I was shown care and compassion during a very difficult time
Pamelia C.
I have referred others to office because of discount enrollment option for those without insurance.
Carmen S.
I love Dr. Grant and his amazing staff. Of all the doctors I’ve ever been to I prefer my dentist. I can not thank them enough for my smile :)
David M.
My experience was very pleasant and the dental assistant very kind.The doctor was very nice and kind and didn’t make me feel bad for the length of time since I had been to a dentist.He fixed the […]
Charlotte B.
Always great service and professionalism.
Bertha O.
Nice staff, and Great customer service! I was able the get an appointment for cleaning very quickly.
Isidro T.
I’ve been using this office since I was around 11 years old. Love the people there.
Karen C.
Im 37 years old and have been going there since I was a child never been disappointed love the staff and the work
Pamela S.
Everything was done quickly and with a smile.
Burl S.
Very professional service. A job well done!
Randall J.
I have been a patient at Dr. Grant’s since 1976 and have always had great work on my teeth there and Dr. Grant and staff are wonderful and friendly always to me and my family who also are patients […]
Peggy C.
Everyone was friendly and showed interest that we were taken care of with least amount of pain possible. Best trip to a dentist ever!
Cody H.
Dr. Rausch gives very good care and the hygienists and office staff were quite nice, welcoming, and professional.
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