The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 90% of adults in the United States have experienced a cavity. Because cavities are so prevalent, the dental team at Horizon Dental in Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and Sunrise, Florida, can help educate you on preventive dentistry to avoid cavities. If you already have a cavity, they can fill it with a tooth-colored material. If you suspect you have a cavity, contact the office or book your appointment online today.
A cavity is a damaged area on the surface of your tooth that forms due to decay. It develops into a hole, which gets bigger and deeper if you don’t receive treatment. Eventually, it reaches your tooth’s pulp chamber where the nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels are located. Once there’s an infection in this area, you’ll need a root canal.
A cavity forms when you consistently lack good oral hygiene habits. As a result, plaque begins to build up. The acids in the plaque then eat away at your enamel, causing your teeth to decay and tiny holes to form.
The most common warning signs of a cavity include:
Because cavities don’t always exhibit noticeable symptoms, it’s crucial you visit your dentist a minimum of two times a year for a dental exam. The earlier you catch a cavity, the less damage it causes and the easier it is to repair.
If your dentist suspects you have a cavity, and it’s not visible, the team will take X-rays of your tooth to look for decay.
After your dentist determines you have a cavity, they provide you with a sedative, which can range from a local anesthetic, nitrous oxide gas, or the pill, Halcion™. Afterward, your dentist uses a drill to remove the decayed material from your tooth.
The last step is to replace the decayed portion of your tooth with a tooth-colored filling.
While cavities are extremely common, it’s important to remember that they're also preventable if you practice good oral hygiene. The dental team at Horizon Dental recommends you:
If it’s been a while since your last dental checkup or you’re experiencing cavity symptoms, call Horizon Dental or book your appointment online today.