CavitiesWhen plaque buildup meets sugar and starch, acid-causing bacteria forms. This bacteria erodes the hard surface area of teeth and creates tiny pits or cavities. A reduction in saliva production may also lead to cavities. Saliva helps maintain the balanced ecosystem of your mouth. Without saliva to neutralize acids, reduce harmful bacteria, and wash away plaque buildup, you could be at risk for tooth decay. Certain medications can also cause dry mouth, reducing saliva production. Symptoms of advanced tooth decay include:
- Soreness around the gums
- White, black, or white staining on any surface of a tooth
- Visible holes or pits in the teeth
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks
How Norge Dental Center Can Help Repair and Prevent Your CavitiesRegular dental checkups are the number one way to prevent and treat tooth cavities.
- In the early stages of tooth decay, we use composite dental fillings to treat teeth with minor tooth decay. We place these fillings in a single visit to remedy your pain as quickly and comfortably as possible.
- Porcelain dental fillings, also called inlays or onlays, are a type of restoration that we might use when there is more advanced tooth decay.
- If the tooth decay has advanced, creating an infection in your tooth root, a root canal may be necessary. Root canals are the best procedure to treat the diseased tooth and avoid extraction.