Dental care doesn’t have to be scary — trust our dentists at Reliant Dental Group of West Roxbury!
Have you been told you have a sweet tooth? Too much sugar can often lead to cavities if you don’t clean your teeth properly after indulging with a snack. The dentists at Reliant Dental Group in West Roxbury, Massachusetts can help restore the health of your tooth. Call today or schedule an appointment online.
Cavities Q & A
What is a cavity?
A cavity is a pit or a hole that forms in or on the surface of your tooth due to decay. Decay occurs when foods get stuck between your teeth and aren’t completely removed during your brushing and flossing routine.
As a result, plaque bacteria slowly eats away your tooth enamel, eventually creating holes in your teeth. If not treated, the holes can grow in size and eventually destroy your entire tooth.
What are common symptoms of a cavity?
Some patients who’ve suffered from a cavity have sharp, acute pain, while others might describe their pain as a dull, throbbing ache. However, you could have a cavity and not feel any pain at all. A few common signs and symptoms of a cavity include:
- Pain when chewing food
- Sensitivity to sweet, hot, or cold drinks
- Noticeable holes or pits in your tooth
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Discoloration or dark spots on your tooth
Cavities at your gum line can also cause your gums to bleed and swell. If you notice any of these symptoms, filling a cavity sooner than later can prevent further damage to your mouth.
How can you treat cavities?
Treatment depends on the existing damage to your affected tooth. Sometimes, your dental specialist at Reliant Dental Group can halt the decaying of your tooth with a restorative treatment called remineralization. This process hardens your tooth’s weakened enamel with the help of calcium or fluoride. Other restorative methods include cavity fillings, pulp capping, and root canals.
If the decay hasn’t reached your tooth’s pulp or nerve, your specialist can likely remove the decay and cover the hole with a “filling” to restore the shape of your tooth. This is a quick and painless procedure performed in office using tooth-colored resins or amalgam material. However, if the damage to your affected tooth is more extensive, you may require a root canal, pulp capping, or even tooth extraction.
The sooner you schedule an appointment with Reliant Dental Group, the better. Filling a cavity during its early stages can prevent the decay from growing and lessen the chance of potentially losing your tooth.