Cavity Specialist

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Leesville Dental Studio

Dentistry located in Raleigh, NC

Don’t let a cavity threaten your dental health when there are highly effective solutions and innovative dental services available. At Leesville Dental Studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, the professional dental team works hard to protect your dental health, prevent cavities from forming, and treat existing cavities. For top quality dental care, call Leesville Dental Studio or use the convenient online scheduling system.

Cavity Q & A

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a permanently damaged area in the hard surface of your teeth that forms tiny holes or openings.

If you have a cavity you might experience certain symptoms, such as:

  • Toothache or spontaneous tooth pain
  • Visible pits or holes in your teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Mild to sharp pain when drinking or eating something sweet or hot or cold
  • Black, white, or brown staining on the surface of your teeth
  • Pain as you bite down

You might not have any symptoms in the beginning, and you might not know a cavity is developing, so it’s important to stay up to date with your regular professional dental cleanings and checkups at Leesville Dental Studio.


What causes a cavity?

A cavity is a gradual process where dental plaque (a sticky bacterial film) builds up on your teeth, causing decay.

The acids in the plaque remove some of the minerals in your tooth’s hard, protective outer enamel. The bacteria can reach the deeper layer of your teeth (the dentin) and even the inner pulp that contains the blood vessels and nerves.

Certain foods and drinks, such as excessively sugary foods, can increase your risk of developing cavities and tooth decay. Other risk factors include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Worn dental devices or fillings
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Poor dental hygiene

Eating disorders like bulimia can lead to significant tooth erosion and cavities as the stomach acid dissolves the enamel.

Cavities can cause complications, such as:

  • Tooth abscess
  • Pus or swelling around a tooth
  • Broken or damaged teeth

You might also have difficulty chewing.


How is a cavity treated?

To treat your cavity, your dentist might recommend several treatments.

Fluoride

Fluoride treatments can help protect your tooth’s enamel (typically a gel, foam, or varnish).

Filling

A filling is a restoration to fill the hole or pit using various materials, such as porcelain or tooth-colored composite resin.

Crown

With a crown, your dentist drills away all the decayed area and places a custom-fitted cap or cover called a crown typically derived from gold, porcelain, or other materials.

Root canal

If decay reaches the pulp, you might need a root canal procedure to remove the infected nerves and pulp and clean and seal the inside of your tooth.

Tooth extraction

If your tooth is severely decayed, you might need to have it extracted. You can select from a range of effective dental prosthesis to replace your missing tooth.

The threat of a cavity can diminish with the proper oral care. To find out how you can improve and maintain your oral health, call Leesville Dental Studio or schedule an appointment online.