Chances are at some point, practically everyone will have to deal with a tooth cavity. Plano, TX family dentist, Dr. Jacob Grapevine provides a wide range of general dentistry and preventive dental care services to prevent and treat tooth cavities in adults and children.
Dental caries, or tooth cavities, are an unfortunate dental problem especially prevalent among children and adolescents. Tooth decay and cavities do affect adults and are commonly caused by plaque build up.
When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it activates bacteria in plaque, causing it to attack and erode tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, it leaves the tooth susceptible to the formation of cavities.
How to prevent cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (if over the age of 2)
- Floss daily - cavities can also form between teeth
- Have a healthy diet, limit sugary snacks and soda
- Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams
Tooth Cavity Symptoms
Tooth cavity symptoms vary from one patient to another. Often, no tooth cavity symptoms are present in patients with early signs of tooth cavity formation. A dentist, however is likely to see signs of early tooth decay and help to prevent the cavity from forming or getting worse.
As the tooth cavity gets larger, you may experience symptoms such as toothache, tooth sensitivity, pain when eating hot or cold foods and beverages, visible holes in teeth, or pus around the tooth and gums.
Dental Caries Treatment
If you already have cavities or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, Plano dentist, Dr. Grapevine offers a range of dental services to provide stability and protection to affected teeth. Cosmetic dental fillings, also called tooth colored dental fillings, are used to treat teeth with early stages of tooth decay.
For teeth with more significant tooth decay, Dr. Grapevine may use a porcelain filling (dental inlay or onlay) to give the tooth additional strength. If your tooth requires a root canal, Dr. Grapevine may place a dental crown on the tooth for additional protection.
The best dentistry is always preventive, routine dental care can intercept problems to prevent tooth decay and cavity formation.