Do you have a cavity? If you experience any discomfort with a tooth then you may require treatment for tooth decay. A common dental health problem, tooth decay can lead to serious complications unless the issue is treated right away. Fortunately, we offer strong and lifelike restorations to repair dental cavities.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cavities
Question: What causes a cavity?
Answer: A strong outer layer of enamel protects our teeth. In fact, the enamel is actually the hardest substance in the human body. However, should the enamel become damaged or weakened then bacteria can reach the more sensitive inner layers, causing decay to form. This can happen as a result of poor oral hygiene or the tooth becoming chipped or cracked.
Question: How do you if you have a cavity?
Answer: You will first notice discomfort. Initially, this will be in the form of sensitivity in your tooth/teeth to hot or cold temperatures. As the decay progresses a toothache will develop that become more severe as the decay spreads. Don’t ignore any discomfort in your teeth; see a dentist right away for an examination.
Question: What happens if the issue isn’t treated?
Answer: Without treatment the decay will spread until the bacteria comes in contact with with pulp, the nerve center of your tooth. Then, an infection or possibly an abscess can form. You may notice swelling near the tooth, fever, and pain when eating or biting down. Eventually, the tooth will require a root canal or possibly extraction to prevent the spread of infection.
Question: How does the doctor treat a cavity?
Answer: In the early stages of the cavity the doctor will recommend a filling. If you have a filling that is more severe then the doctor may recommend a dental crown. If you have any questions about our tooth decay treatments or would like to schedule an exam, then please contact our office today.