Have a cavity?
Cavities, or dental caries, are common in children, teens and adults. Many factors cause tooth decay including not brushing or flossing on a regular basis, drinking sugary drinks, sport drinks and frequent snacking. A cavity is a hole in a tooth caused by decay. Decay occurs when plaque, the sticky film forms on tooth and combines with sugars and starches we eat. This process produces an acid that attacks the tooth enamel.
Treating A Cavity
It’s important to treat cavities before they result in a painful toothache, tooth infection, the need for a root canal, or tooth extraction. A regular checkup empowers our dentists to spot cavities at the earliest stages and stop tooth decay before it spreads.
The dentist will need to take X-rays in order to properly diagnose cavities that form between the teeth. If you have dental cavities, the dentist will remove the tooth decay and fill the area with a resin filling that matches your tooth shade. If there is an existing large filling, or crack on a tooth that has a cavity we may need to strengthen the tooth by covering it with porcelain. Your tooth will be protected by a beautiful and durable porcelain crown or cap. If the decay is extensive and reaches the nerve a root canal and crown will be necessary.