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What are Dental Cavities

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Elmwood Dental Group
What are Dental CavitiesA dental cavity is a hole in a tooth that forms when acid inside the mouth erodes the tooth enamel, which is the protective part inside a mouth. If the cavities are left untreated, toothaches can be experienced, infections which may lead to the tooth being extracted. Tooth cavities don't choose the age, and they can affect everyone. Proper oral hygiene practices, which include flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups, can help prevent tooth decay.

Treatment that a Dentist can Offer to Prevent Tooth Cavities

The treatment of tooth cavities depends on how severe the condition is. The dentist can offer the following services; tooth extraction can be carried out, and the dentist may pull out the touch if the cavities have eaten up the whole tooth. A dental implant may be needed to replace the missing tooth. Implants help in keeping the teeth from changing and shifting in appearance. Dental implants may last for about seven years when proper care is given to them. A root canal treats pains caused by tooth decay.

The professional who carries out the root canal processes are endodontists who rectify the problems that affect the root. In a root canal procedure, the dentist removes the pulp, which has the nerve endings that causes pain. The dentist can also offer dental fillings. Once a hole is formed in a tooth, the dentist removes the decayed material by drilling it out and filling the hole. The fillings mostly are made of silver amalgam.

The dentist can apply fluoride on the teeth during the early signs of tooth decay fluoride treatments can help treat the tooth enamel. The process is known as remineralization. The dentist prescribes the right amount of toothpaste and the type of mouthwash that the patient should use.

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