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 schedule an appointment online today.
Cavities Q & A
What are cavities?
Cavities are damaged areas of your teeth caused by decay. Eventually, these areas can turn into holes, which grow deep into your teeth over time, causing pain and sensitivity.
While cavities are one of the most prevalent health issues in the world, letting one go without treatment can lead to other health issues, including infections — which if left untreated, could ultimately lead to teeth needing to be extracted.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, cavities can occur in anyone’s teeth. Since cavities are hard to detect on your own before they become severe, it’s very important to regularly maintain your dental visits at Chambers Bridge Dental for checkups and cleanings.
What causes cavities?
While the underlying cause of all cavities is tooth decay, your risk can increase because of several factors, including:
- Dry mouth
- A diet of sugary foods and drinks
- Poor brushing and flossing
- Insufficient fluoride
- Eating disorders
The team at Chambers Bridge Dental can help you evaluate your risk for cavities based on your age, nutrition 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?
Once cavities become more severe, you may notice troublesome symptoms, such as:
- Tooth sensitivity
- 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.
The best way to catch cavities early when they’re easier to treat is by coming in for regular dental checkups and cleanings — that way you never have to experience the painful symptoms of severe cavities. However, if you do experience these symptoms, you should visit the team at Chambers Bridge Dental right away.
What treatments are available for cavities?
The most common type of treatment for a cavity is a filling. Since cavities are holes in your teeth, the team at Chambers Bridge Dental uses different types of filling material to fill those holes and restore the health and function of your teeth.
Fillings are molded onto your teeth and fitted to match the shape, structure, and appearance of your natural tooth. They’re sturdy, durable and are highly effective at treating cavities. In more severe cases when cavities have developed to the point of infection, a root canal or even a tooth extraction is the most likely course of action.
The team at Chambers Bridge Dental will recommend the most appropriate treatment for you based on the severity of your cavity.
To schedule your next visit to Chambers Bridge Dental for a checkup and to have your cavity risk assessed, call the office or book an appointment online today.