Cavities lead to other dental problems
Do You Have a Toothache? Don’t Wait!
Our mouths are loaded with bacteria that generate acids that steadily erode the teeth in a process known as tooth decay. If this ongoing process is not slowed down or prevented with consistent good oral hygiene, you guessed it, the teeth will ultimately develop cavities.
What is a Cavity?
A cavity is a hole that occurs in a tooth when the acid generated by bacteria eats away the minerals quicker than the mineral content of the saliva can repair it.
The problem is you can’t see a cavity developing because there are no symptoms associated until the tooth has actually started to decay. Often, even advanced decay does not hurt. There is not always a warning before decay actually infects the pulp of the tooth. At this point, you will usually start to feel a sharp pain and develop a toothache. Toothache pain can come and go and be moderate to overwhelming, but you should never ignore a toothache. Make sure to get it treated as soon as possible so you can lessen the impact on your teeth and your health.
Signs You Might Have a Cavity:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks
- Pain when chewing
- preventing Cavities
Of course, the best way to prevent a cavity is by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and rinsing with an oral rinse. In addition, routine dental checkups will help us catch potential problems sooner and treat them accordingly.
How We Treat Cavities
Cavities must be caught as early as possible. Fillings are much easier and less expensive than things like root canals, crowns, or extractions. Therefore, the sooner a problem is found and fixed, the easier the whole process will be, and the healthier your mouth will remain for a lifetime.
Filling a Cavity
First, we remove the decayed, infected part of the tooth. We then bond with tooth-colored fillings, which, unlike metal fillings, bond to the tooth and seals it. We like metal-free filling materials as they seal the tooth, look natural, and do not later cause cracking. This process fills in the tooth and prevents bacteria from causing further damage. We then polish and match the original shape of the tooth, which helps to ensure you have a comfortable and natural occlusion
Don't Put Off Getting Your Cavities Treated!
Our Promise To You
Why Choose McOmie Family Dentistry for Your Cavity Treatments
Cavities are a common problem, and they can be painful. Not only that, but if left untreated for too long, they can become much more expensive to fix down the road. There is no need to wait until you have a cavity before getting your teeth inspected by Dr. McOmie to catch problems early on when treatment is easier and less costly. If you’re not already in the habit of going for regular dental checkups, make an appointment today! Your mouth will thank you later!
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