Does tooth pain have you in agony? Chances are your tooth pain can be from an undiagnosed cavity.
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH CAVITIES
You will have to deal with a tooth cavity at some point in your life. While cavities are particularly prevalent in children and adolescents, they can also affect adults. Regular visits to the dentist can stop cavities before they start. Although, we know that cavities can sometimes be hard to prevent in certain situations. Even certain medications can increase the risk for dental cavities. Dr. Chris Paulson fosters a judgment-free dentist office. We provide general dental tips to keep your teeth healthy without judgment.
Tooth cavities, also called dental caries by dentists, are a form of tooth decay. Natural bacteria in the mouth form plaque on your teeth. When plaque comes in contact with sugars and starches from foods, it produces acid, damaging tooth enamel over time and leading to tooth decay.
TOOTH CAVITY SYMPTOMS
You may be experiencing some, or all, of the following symptoms if you have a tooth cavity:
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Pain when eating hot or cold foods and beverages
- Visible holes in teeth
- Pus around tooth and gums
PREVENTING TOOTH CAVITIES
"Brush and floss every day," says Dr. Paulson. Cavities often form between teeth, so don't skip the flossing part. Regular visits to the dentist are also very important. A professional dental cleaning can remove plaque that normal brushing leaves behind. The dentist can identify early signs of tooth decay and recommend treatment before it progresses. In addition, you can prevent tooth cavities by maintaining a healthy diet and limiting sugary snacks and soda.
TOOTH CAVITY TREATMENTS
If you already have cavities or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, Dr. Paulson offers a range of general dentistry services to restore stability to the tooth and provide protection from future damage or decay.
Composite Dental Fillings: These fillings are placed in a single visit and are used to treat teeth with minor tooth decay. They can be made of a composite resin material or porcelain material. They can last a lifetime with a good oral health routine.
Inlays and Onlays: These restorations are generally used when there is more significant tooth decay but not enough to warrant a root canal. Inlays and Onlays can protect teeth from further deterioration.
Root Canal: If the tooth decay has advanced and is causing an infection at the root of the tooth, you may need a root canal. This procedure is the best way to treat a diseased tooth and avoid an extraction.
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Dental cavities are highly preventable. Tooth decay can be treated regularly by visiting your dentist in Novi, MI. Whether you are new to the Detroit area or just trying to find a new dentist, consider Dr. Chris Paulson at Arbor Dental Associates.