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
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.
Everyone in the office takes great care of me and listens to my concerns regarding dental treatment. They take the time to asses how I am feeling and if I am okay during each procedure.
Tabitha K.
You guys always do a good job and the receptionist is always cheerful and does an excellent job.
Nicholas D.
Caring People.
Curtis H.
Customer service is important to your team.The dentists do excellent work.Missy does tremendous job on 6 months cleanings for me and Janet.
Bob S.
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.
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.
Dr. Rausch is great and his dental assistant was super sweet. They both catered to my needs during my filling, including caring if I was in pain or not.
Sabrina S.
Love love love this place! I’ve always had anxiety about going to the dentist, but after my first visit here I felt at ease. Between the friendly staff at the front and the patience of Dr. Owens […]
Nicole S.
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.
The service provided by the dental hygienist was excellent and I appreciated Dr. Grant’s friendly follow-up. It was a friendly and comfortable environment.
Cl D.
Great Hospitality and Friendly Service.
Colby R.
everyone was so nice and welcoming
Debra P.
Good and friendly service
Kevin C.
Great care from Dr. Rausch and assistant
Laura E.
I love the friendly and professional service I receive. I choose these professionals with all my dental needs. Especially Stasia and Velvet!!
James C.
Good, fast, competent, courteous service every single time I go. And they are very accommodating if I gave an emergency.
Ethel T.
I’ve been using this office since I was around 11 years old. Love the people there.
Karen C.
Great office staff and hygienist
Anna F.
Office staff, assistants, and Dr. Rausch are all courteous and take time out of their day to check on patients.
Brittany R.
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  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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