Dental Cavities

Dental Cavity Treatment to Relieve Symptoms and Pain at Affordable Cost

Do you know dental cavities are a fine example of an incurable health problem? Cavity is nothing but a hole in the tooth caused by tooth decay. Cavities occur when you consume foods that contain carbohydrates like bread, milk, soda, cereals, fruits, cakes and candy that are frequently left on the teeth.

Bacteria that reside in the mouth thrive on these foods and turn them into acids. When the bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine in the mouth, it can form a sticky substance called plaque. The acids in plaque can damage the enamel surface of the teeth and create holes in the teeth which are nothing but called as cavities, or caries.

Dental Cavities

 

How to treat a cavity

Are you worrying about dental cavity? To be frank, it is not a big problem as there are several ways to restrict it from spreading and also prevent it from occurring.

  • Visit dentist: Whether you have a cavity or not, visiting the dentist regularly is the foremost thing you need to do throughout your life. It is possible to prevent dental cavities by visiting your dentist at least twice a year. If you already have dental caries, your dentist will start a treatment that can save your teeth.
  • Fluoride treatments: Fluoride treatments are used in the early stages of cavities. The treatment includes:
    • A gel varnish, liquid solution or foam fluoride that can help to prevent mineral loss in tooth enamel and replace lost minerals.
    • Prescribe fluoride tablets
    • Prescribe fluoride mouth rinse
  • Get filling: Teeth that show signs of decay and cavities need to be filled in order to avoid further deterioration. The dentist removes the decayed tooth and replaces it with a filling. Fillings are generally made from porcelain, silver alloy, gold and composite resin.
  • Place a crown over the tooth: If you have severe tooth decay and weakened teeth, you might need a crown rather than a filling to treat your cavity and restore your tooth. The dentist will first remove the decayed or weakened teeth and then place a crown over the remainder of the tooth. The crowns are made of tooth-like material like gold, porcelain and porcelain attached to metal.
  • Sealants: Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are generally placed on the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth and are highly effective in avoiding oral cavities. They are also used to reduce cavities in baby teeth and in adult teeth that are cavity prone.
  • Root canal: Root canals are used to treat cavities that reach the inner pulp of the tooth and also affect the nerve in the root of the tooth. During a root canal procedure, infected nerve and pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned and replaced with an artificial pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels.
  • Extract the decayed tooth: Tooth extraction may be needed for extreme conditions of cavities when a filling or other methods are not used to treat the cavity and save the tooth. This is usually the last option.

What is the chance of its re-occurrence?

After getting the treatment for a cavity, most of us indulge in eating whatever we like to eat. Be cautious because a cavity can re-develop even after getting the treatment. There are several reasons behind re-occurrence of a cavity, such as:

Fillings that break, leak, or are not bonded to the tooth cause separation from the filling and tooth structure. This enables bacteria to enter between the filling and the tooth structure which in turn causes re-decay. It may be caused by poor oral hygiene and food habits. To avoid recurrent dental cavities, you should eat a variety of foods, restrict the amount of snack foods, stay away from sticky and excessively sweetened foods as well as brush often after eating.

Who is at more risk of developing cavities?

Want to know whether you fall under the category of people who are at the risk of developing the cavities? Then you should go on reading this…

  • Tooth structure: People who have deep groves on their molars automatically make them more prone to cavities.
  • Food habits: Individuals who indulge in eating sweets very often are more vulnerable to develop cavities. People who limit consuming desserts only during meals have less chance of dental caries than others.
  • Oral hygiene: Individuals with poor oral hygiene are at increased risk of developing cavities. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Dry mouth: Those with reduced salivary flow are at a higher chance of developing cavities as saliva plays an important role in protecting teeth from decay by neutralizing the acids that cause tooth demineralization.
  • Dental defects: Individuals with dental defects that affect tooth structure are more prone to dental caries such as pits and fissures, cracked teeth, crowded teeth, etc.
  • Smoking: Smokers have an increased risk of developing cavities as tobacco smoke interferes with production of saliva, which helps keep the surface of your teeth clean.
  • Systemic disease: People who have systemic disease are at more risk of developing oral cavities such as diabetes, cyclic vomiting syndrome, respiratory condition, gastro esophageal reflux disease, etc.

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