Cavities are small holes that can form in your teeth due to decay. Over time, they can become painful and eventually lead to other health problems. The team at Chambers Bridge Dental in Cottage Grove, Oregon, offers treatments for cavities that restore your oral health and your smile. If you’re concerned about cavities, call or request an appointment online today.
What are cavities?
Cavities are permanently damaged areas of the tooth’s enamel, which is the hard, outer layer of your teeth. Cavities (also called tooth decay or caries) develop into openings or holes in your teeth which can lead to sensitivity, pain, infection, and even tooth loss. Cavities can occur in anyone’s teeth and since they are difficult to detect on your own before they become severe, it’s very important to visit us at Chambers Bridge Dental for regular cleanings and checkups.
What causes cavities?
While the underlying cause of all cavities is tooth decay, your risk can increase because of several factors, including:
- Bacteria in your mouth
- Frequent snacking
- A diet of sugary foods and drinks
- Poor brushing and flossing
- Insufficient fluoride
- Dry Mouth
- Eating Disorders
- Worn fillings or dental devices
The team at Chambers Bridge Dental can help you evaluate your risk for cavities based on your age, nutritional habits, and oral hygiene tendencies. They can also provide you with tips on how to prevent them.
How would I know I have a cavity?
Cavities are so common that you might not take them seriously, but they can have serious and lasting complications, so be sure to get your regular dental checkups and don’t hesitate to call us if you notice something is not quite right or if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Toothache/ Tooth pain
- Noticeable holes in your teeth
- Extreme tooth discoloration
In its early stages, a cavity might not have any symptoms at all, making it hard to detect without the help of a professional dentist. We hope you never have to experience the painful symptoms of severe cavities, but if you do, just call or text our office so we can schedule a visit right away.
What treatments are available for cavities?
The most common type of treatment for a cavity is a filling or restoration. Fillings are made of various materials: tooth-colored resins, porcelain or dental amalgam. These filling materials are strong, durable, and highly effective at treating cavities.
In more severe cases of decay, when an infection is present, it may require a root canal, crown, or even a tooth extraction. The team at Chambers Bridge Dental will recommend the most appropriate treatment for you based on the severity of your cavity.