My 2 front teeth decayed on the inside and I was not aware of it until my teeth broke away.I have about 1/2 of the teeth still remaining and although the are stained and possibly decayed some can the decay that exists be removed and lumineers installed.The teeth are still firmly attached.Just look terrible.
– Thomas from Virginia
That’s how decay progresses. It starts by making the surface of the tooth porous, and then it actually decays from the inside out. So those cavities have been there probably for years and you didn’t know it. The decay undermines the enamel, and then one day the enamel starts chipping away and you see how big the cavity really is.
I’m guessing it’s been a while since you’ve had a checkup, or those would have been caught a long time ago. Now, if half the tooth is missing, you’re going to need at least porcelain crowns covering each tooth entirely. It’s very possible the teeth also need root canal treatments. With decay that large there’s a good chance that it has infected the pulp of the tooth.
Lumineers cover only the front of the tooth, so that won’t be adequate for these teeth.
There’s a strong possibility you have a number of other cavities that are smaller. I’d get a checkup and get all of those fixed. Right now, you’re going to be paying in the neighborhood of $1000 to $2000 to fix each tooth. If you catch these cavities while they’re small, they only cost maybe $75 to $200 apiece.
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