Cavities can be avoided, but most adults will experience some degree of tooth decay in their lifetime.
Tooth cavities are most commonly caused by poor oral hygiene and are more common in patients who skip their biannual dental health exams. Tooth decay affects nearly 50% of adults. Left untreated, decay can compromise the tooth and lead to more complex dental health concerns. Treating tooth decay is essential for maintaining a healthy and stable smile.
A tooth cavity is often discovered once a patient begins to feel painful symptoms. By this stage, the decay has reached the inner pulp and the tooth becomes compromised and may require a root canal or tooth extraction. When patients visit the dentist on a routine basis we are able to treat tooth decay more conservatively when caught in the earliest stages of development. Small cavities can be treated using tooth-colored dental fillings that will help to stabilize the tooth and will provide a natural and seamless result.
The Davidsonville dental office of Wooddell & Passaro offers a range of treatment options for repairing a tooth damaged by decay. Treatment will vary depending on the degree of decay and the condition of the affected tooth. A thorough analysis of your teeth and gums will allow your dentist to determine which type of treatment will provide lasting results to restore your oral health.
Treatment for tooth decay includes:
- Metal Fillings
- White cosmetic fillings
- Inlay & Onlay
- Root Canal
- Tooth Extraction
Preventing Tooth Decay
Visiting the dentist once every six months for professional teeth cleanings can help reduce the incidence of tooth decay. Our dental hygienists use special tools to remove the plaque and tartar buildup from around the gum line reducing the risk of bacteria growth. During your routine dental health exam, our dental care team can help make personalized recommendations for you to improve your at-home oral hygiene routine based on the condition of your oral health.
In between visits to the dentist, it is essential to keep your gums and teeth clean. Brushing twice a day for a solid two minutes and flossing at least once a day can keep tooth cavities from forming.
Tooth decay can develop in patients at any age. For some patients, as they age they may see a sudden increase in tooth decay due to the usage of certain medications. Medications can increase dry mouth, a common cause of decay. Be sure to tell your dentist about any changes in your health, medications or diet.