Frequently Asked Questions – Dental Services

What is a cavity?

Dental caries in your teeth are called cavities. Cavities in your teeth are damaged areas on the hard surface of your teeth where a hole has developed.

Most likely, your cavities were caused by one or more of the following bacteria in your mouth, drinking sugary drinks, snacking frequently, and less than optimum oral healthcare habits. Cavities left untreated will get bigger and affect other layers of your teeth, which will lead to toothaches, infection, and even possibly tooth loss. Early intervention with cavities prevents costly future restorations and missing teeth. It is easy to restore a tooth with small cavities to a healthy state.

Are there symptoms of a cavity?

Yes, cavities have very specific signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms include:

  • Toothache or spontaneous pain without an apparent cause
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth
  • Pain when you bite down
  • Brown, black, or white staining on any surface of a tooth

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time for a visit to your dentist. Remember, early intervention has the best and least costly outcome.

What treatments are available for cavities?

Our office has been providing state-of-the-art care for cavities for over two decades. We offer tooth-colored fillings so that restorations look 100% natural in your mouth. Our dentists expertly match the tooth color of your teeth to the composite material we use to fill your cavity.

If your cavity has proceeded beyond the stage of a filling, we have solutions. Have a talk with your dentist to discuss your options if you can not have a filling.

Rest assured, our skilled dental team is here to guide you through the options and determine the best treatment for your specific needs.

Can I prevent cavities?

Preventing cavities is key to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Here are all the ways you can help to prevent cavities.

  • Eat a healthy diet free from sugary drinks and junk food.
  • Brush twice a day for two minutes and floss your teeth.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Visit the dentist twice a year for checkups and dental cleanings. Good preventative care will save you plenty of funds in the future.
  • If you have medical conditions that permit, see your dentist every three months. Again, preventive care saves you from paying for costly treatment in the future
  • If you are at a high risk for dental cavities, we may recommend a fluoride treatment. A fluoride treatment is only $25 and will help to protect and remineralize enamel, reducing the likelihood of a cavity and in some cases, reversing a cavity.
  • Consider dental sealants for the top surface of your molars. Sealants prevent cavities from taking hold of your teeth. They are easy to place and cost-effective.

Is there a way to reverse the damage from cavities?

In the early stages, when decay has not yet penetrated the enamel, it is possible to stop or reverse the demineralization process with fluoride treatments, better hygiene, and dietary changes. However, once the enamel is broken and a cavity forms, professional treatment is necessary to restore the tooth and prevent further damage.

Keep in mind, that the earliest intervention on a cavity has the best outcome for you and your tooth! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information. Our dedicated dental team is committed to providing you with personalized advice and preventive care strategies during your visits. Our knowledgeable staff is here to answer any questions and provide you with solutions that help your oral health.

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