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.
Symptoms of a tooth cavity can vary from one patient to another. Sometimes there may be no symptoms present at all when the cavity first develops. Dr. Gauthier is able to identify the early signs of tooth decay during your routine checkup at our Northborough dentist office. These dental appointments will also help avoid tooth decay and a cavity from getting worse. 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. If you have a severe decay that has allowed bacteria to enter the tooth, you may require a root canal which will remove the diseased tissue inside the tooth. If left untreated, the tooth may become damaged beyond repair and will need to be extracted.
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.
Tooth Decay in Children
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America. Half of all first-graders and more than 80% of 17-year-olds have tooth cavities. As a family dentist office, we are passionate about helping our younger patients avoid dental problems, especially tooth decay, and build a lifelong healthy smile. It is very important for you to help your children establish a regular dental routine by consistently bringing them in for a routine exam every six months. This is the best way to avoid dental cavities as well as establish healthy oral hygiene habits.
Schedule an Appointment
The best way to prevent tooth cavities is through regular visits to the dentist. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gauthier for you and your family today.