At some point, nearly everyone will be affected by a tooth cavity. The most significant contributing factor to tooth cavities is diet. You can actually avoid cavities by adopting a more healthy diet that includes less sugary and starchy foods and more water and fresh fruits and vegetables.
What causes a tooth cavity?
A tooth cavity is the result of tooth decay. Plaque is constantly forming in the mouth. When it comes in contact with sugar or starch, it activates bacteria which then attach the tooth enamel. Over time, the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, making the tooth vulnerable to cavity formation.
A dentist can identify cavities usually before you experience symptoms, so it is important to maintain regular dental check-ups. Common symptoms may include:
- Sensitive teeth
- Holes in the teeth
- Sore gums or bleeding gums
Treatment For Tooth Cavities
If you do have a tooth cavity or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, Dr. Gauthier may recommend a number of general dentistry treatments depending on the severity of your situation. The primary goal is to restore the tooth to proper health and minimize the risk of further decay.
Treatment for tooth cavities often involves a dental filling. Dr. Gauthier may either use a composite resin dental filling, porcelain filling or gold filling. In other cases, the tooth may require a dental crown to restore stability and function.
We have incorporated CEREC same day dentistry technology into our office, allowing us to create high end dental restorations in just one visit, saving you time and money. We understand that cavities and their necessary treatments can cause anxiety for many patients. It is our goal to make you as comfortable as possible during any procedure and we offer several types of sedation dentistry including wand anesthetic delivery.
Schedule an Appointment
The best way to prevent tooth cavities is through regular visits to the dentist. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gauthier for your family today.