If you have a dental cavity, then your smile could develop serious complications, including the risk of an infected or lost tooth! In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about the common causes of a cavity, and how to recognize the warning signs. Your Redmond, OR, dentist can then offer treatment options.
The Warning Signs of a Cavity
How do you know if you have a cavity? If you begin to experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or if you have a toothache that doesn’t pass after a few hours but instead lasts for more than a day, then you could have tooth decay. Don’t ignore these warning signs, as the issue will grow worse with time until your tooth develops a painful infection and requires root canal treatment to avoid tooth loss!
What Causes Tooth Decay?
A cavity happens when harmful bacteria is able to reach the inner portions of dentin, which are more sensitive than the outer enamel. Usually the outer enamel prevents this from happening. But if you don’t practice good oral hygiene, eat lots of sugary foods and snacks, and have plaque buildup, then your enamel could weaken and erode, exposing the dentin and allowing cavities to form. Treatment is crucial, as the decay expands with time until coming into contact with the pulp, at which point the tooth could become infected or abscessed and need immediate treatment to save the tooth!
If you have pain in your smile, let us know. We will examine your tooth and if we discover tooth decay, then our team will recommend treatment. In most cases, we will use a lifelike composite resin, a metal-free blend of glass and acrylic, to repair the tooth in one visit. We shade this material to match the color of your tooth. If you have more severe cases, then we could create and place a crown which fits over the entire visible portion of your tooth and is often created using ceramic, a lifelike material that mimics the translucence and shade of your tooth enamel. Following treatment, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, brush and floss your teeth daily, and let us know if you begin to experience sensitivity. With routine care, you can often help safeguard your smile against cavities. If you have any questions or concerns about treating your oral health and protecting your smile from cavities, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dental Care?
If you experience any of the common warning signs of a decayed or infected tooth, then let us know right away! To learn more about our approach to restorative treatments, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.