Tooth decay is a major dental concern – not just for children, but adults as well. The best way to fight tooth cavities is with regular visits to the dentist for professional dental cleaning and examination.
What Causes Tooth Cavities
Plaque is the sticky substance that forms over teeth. When allowed to build up, plaque will eventually lead to tooth cavities. As plaque makes contact with sugar and starch, bacteria are activated. These bacteria produce acid which erodes enamel, leading to the formation of a tooth cavity.
Some of our patients take medications that reduce saliva in the mouth, causing dry mouth. Saliva is very important to keeping the teeth and gums healthy by helping to neutralize acid, reduce bacteria and wash away plaque and other build up. If you have dry mouth, you may have an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Parnaik can advise you on treatments and techniques to reduce your risk and increase saliva.
Treatment for Tooth Cavities
If you already have cavities or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, Dr. Parnaik offers a range of general dentistry services to restore stability to the tooth and provide protection from future damage or decay.
- Composite Dental Fillings – Composite fillings are placed in a single visit and are used to treat teeth with minor tooth decay.
- Porcelain Dental Fillings – Called inlays or onlays, these types of restorations are generally used when there is more significant tooth decay.
- Root Canal – If the tooth decay has advanced and is causing an infection at the root of the tooth, you may need a root canal. This procedure is the best way to treat a diseased tooth and avoid an extraction.
Visit our Medford Dental Office
If you are experiencing tooth pain and suspect you have a tooth cavity, contact Medford dentist, Poorva Parnaik, DMD for a consultation and examination.
Call us at 609.365.0673 or schedule an appointment online.