Factors and Causes of Cavities
From the moment you were first introduced to dental care as a kid, “cavities” were probably mentioned as the thing to avoid and fear – and why you should brush and floss with commitment. And with good reason. A cavity is a hole in your tooth caused by excessive decay that penetrated the tooth’s surface. And once you have one, your tooth will never be quite the same as it was before, as cavities cause permanent structural damage. They can also cause pain, and, if left untreated, lead to more severe problems such as an infection of the affected tooth’s nerve and abscess – all of which could lead to the loss of the tooth or worse.
Cavities are something to avoid, no matter your age – 3 to 103.
Certainly, our expert dentists, hygienists and assistants can provide a number of treatments that can remedy the cavity – but the best treatment is prevention, which is why strong oral health care and twice-yearly examinations and cleanings at the dentist are paramount.
However, some people are more prone to cavities than others. A number of factors cause this, including genetics, poor hygiene, diet and tobacco use. And if you find yourself dealing with a cavity, do not hesitate to seek treatment. Our staff will fully evaluate your oral health and may treat your cavity via a number of methods, each tailor-made for your specific situation.
Treatment options include:
- Fillings: If the cavity is small, the tooth can be restored with a filling. Dentists will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill it with a white composite filling or silver amalgam filling.
- Crowns: If a larger area of the tooth is decayed, it will require a crown that surrounds the entire tooth’s surface. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that restore the decayed tooth back to its natural size, shape, and function.
- Root Canal: If the cavity progresses deeper and infects the tooth’s nerves, a root canal may be the recommended treatment. The center of your tooth, including the decayed area, blood vessels, and the nerve, will be removed and filled with a sealing material prior to a crown being positioned.
- Dental Implants or Fixed Bridges: For instances when the entire tooth is affected and requires extraction, dental implants or fixed bridges are solutions that will restore tooth functionality and appearance.
If you believe you have a cavity, please get in touch with our offices today at 678-582-8099 and let us help you quickly get back to enjoying life and smiling again.