At some point, nearly all of us may develop a painful cavity. When this occurs, treatment is necessary to prevent infection and protect your tooth. In today’s blog, your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, answers common questions about the causes of cavities and offers treatment options.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cavities
Question: What causes tooth decay?
Answer: A variety of factors can lead to tooth decay, but poor oral hygiene is the most common cause. When we don’t care for our teeth, including brushing, flossing, and receiving regular cleanings, bacteria can begin breaking down stray food particles. This activity elevates the level of oral acids, weakening the protective layer of tooth enamel on your teeth. Once bacteria can bypass the compromised enamel, decay begins to develop in the inner tooth structure.
Question: What happens if I don’t seek treatment for tooth decay?
Answer: Without treatment, tooth decay will spread. At first, patients may experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or chronic toothaches. Soon, the decay will spread and reach the pulp. Once this happens, the pulp becomes infected and a painful dental abscess can form. Over time, infection can cause the pulp to die, effectively killing your tooth and requiring extraction.
Question: Does Dr. Calcagno offer tooth-colored fillings?
Answer: Yes. Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings contain no metal or traces of mercury. The composite material can be shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile, returning your tooth to optimal function and beauty.
Question: Can my Rochester MN general dentist repair my teeth with single-day crowns?
Answer: Yes. For advanced decay, Dr. Calcagno may recommend a dental crown. The crown fits over the visible portion of the tooth, preserving the remaining tooth structure and preventing further infection or decay. With CEREC technology, Dr. Calcagno can now create and place a custom-made crown in a single visit.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Rochester MN General Dentist
Do you suffer form persistent toothaches or tooth sensitivity? If so, you may have a cavity. Talk to your Rochester, MN general dentist, Dr. Calcagno, today. Dr. Calcagno will diagnose the cause and assess the severity of your tooth decay and recommend the most appropriate treatment. To schedule an appointment, call our 55902 dentist office at (507) 281-3659. Also, visit our website for services, before and after photos, and testimonials. Dr. Calcagno offers patients the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. We are proud to serve the residents of Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington and surrounding communities.