DENTAL CAVITY TREATMENT
Cavity Treatment in Maple Ridge
Serving Maple Ridge and Surrounding Areas
Your dental health is very important, which is why you need to know the ins-and-outs of problems caused by poor dental hygiene. The following guide will help you understand what they are, what causes them, and what you should do if you suspect you have dental cavities.
WHAT ARE CAVITIES?
Cavities are tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria create an acid which in turn destroys your tooth’s protective enamel layer. Whenever you eat or drink, bacteria enter the mouth and begin to create acids; these acids strip your teeth enamel of essential minerals, damaging it. When this bacterium builds up on your teeth over time, it is called plaque. Eventually, the layer underneath the enamel–called dentin–may also be damaged by plaque, which will eventually lead to your tooth’s nerve being decayed and infected.
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH CAVITIES?
Tooth cavities can technically be caused by any food or drink which produces bacteria in the mouth. Certain foods are more prone to damaging your teeth than others, including foods and drinks which are high in acidity and/or sugar. Hard candies, sticky candies and anything that sticks to your teeth is particularly known for promoting teeth cavity development.
If you have any pain or sensitivity in your mouth when you eat or drink, then you may have decayed tooth or teeth. Your dentist may also spot teeth cavities by seeing visible tooth decay on the surface of your teeth or by taking an x-ray to see if it has penetrated your enamel into your tooth’s dentin or nerve. During a teeth cleaning, the dental hygienist or dentist may test for cavities by applying pressure with a pick to a suspected cavity; cavities are often “sticky” to the touch, which can be a sign of decay.
TOOTH DECAY TREATMENT
If you have cavities, your dentist will likely want to treat them with either dental sealants or fillings depending on the severity of the teeth cavity in question. If the decay hasn’t penetrated the enamel layer, the dentist will apply a sealant to the tooth to protect it from further damage. If the enamel has been damaged, however, then the tooth needs to be filled. In some cases, a root canal may be necessary if the tooth decay has reached the nerve of the tooth.
Teeth cavities can cause all sorts of havoc in your mouth. That is why it is important to practice good dental hygiene when it comes to brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding sugary foods, and keeping up with dental cleanings to prevent plaque build-up.