When harmful oral bacteria combines with sugar in an acidic environment, a cavity can develop. A cavity is simply a small hole in the tooth, caused by acidic biofilm. If left unchecked, this cavity will continue to expand or even spread to other teeth.
Do You Have A Cavity?
At first, a cavity is very small and hardly noticeable, except by a trained eye or x-rays. You may never know that you have a cavity until your dentist spots it, or when you notice a tooth is sensitive.
Benefits of Early Treatment
An untreated cavity will continue to grow, destroying more of your healthy tooth. If enough healthy tooth decays, it may be difficult or impossible to treat with a conventional dental filling. The harmful infection may eventually reach your tooth’s nerves, causing an abscess. In such cases, only a root canal and dental crown can restore the tooth. It’s best to treat a cavity while it is small, rather than waiting for it to develop into a more serious and costly dental concern.
Treating A Cavity
Your dentist will place a small filling in the area of your cavity. First, the infected tooth structure is removed, then the cavity is filled with a composite resin material that matches the color of your tooth. This prevents decay from spreading further, as well as restores your tooth to its original function and aesthetic quality.
Preventing Future Cavities
Thorough tooth brushing, twice daily, as well as flossing is recommended to keep your smile it’s healthiest. Consider using a fluoridated rinse each night to remineralize your enamel. Routine preventive dental appointments twice a year can help you avoid future cavities and maintain the best oral health possible.
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Modern Family Dental Care
8505 Davis Lake Pkwy, Suite AB-3
Charlotte, NC 28269
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