Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, can creep up on anyone, including those who think they take good care of their oral health. If you have had a cavity, you likely can remember the ache and pain cavities are known to bring on. But what else do you know about cavities?
What Is a Cavity?
A cavity develops when tooth decay causes damage to your tooth enamel, decay forms when bacteria in the mouth create acid. The acid is responsible for attacking the tooth and often results in a hole in the tooth. When decay is not treated, pain, infection, and tooth loss can occur.
Causes of Cavities
Though bacteria in the mouth are the leading causes of dental cavities, oral and lifestyle habits also can contribute to cavities developing. Sometimes the following can cause or place you at risk of being more susceptible to developing cavities:
- Dry Mouth
- Weak Enamel
- Poor Brushing or Flossing
- Skipping Routine Dental Visits
- Consumption of high-sugar food and drinks
Treatments for Cavities
While no one ever wants to hear that they have a cavity, there are a variety of treatments for those that do have one or several. The type of treatment suggested will depend on the stage of the cavity. Treatments for cavities include:
- Fluoride Treatments
- Composite Fillings
- Dental Crowns
- Root Canal Therapy
- Tooth Extraction
You’re likely to have a less invasive treatment for your cavity the sooner you visit Dr. Chandler and our team. You may also reduce the discomfort and pain associated with a cavity more quickly.
Restorative Dental Care in San Antonio, Texas
Severe toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages? You may have a cavity developing. At Chandler Dental Center, we can use restorative dental care to return health back to your smile. If you suspect a cavity or toothache, give our office a call, and we can get you set up with an appointment!
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