Posted September 20, 2016.
A cavity can form on your teeth when you have poor oral hygiene because the natural bacteria in your mouth exploit your healthy tooth enamel. Even though most cavities are detected during your routine dental check up at Agape Dentist, you should still keep an eye out for teeth that have a change in texture or heightened sensitivity.
If you’ve experienced these things, you should not delay in having your dentist, Dr. Ghada S. Massabni, examine the tooth. During your appointment, your dentist will help you better understand your treatment options for taking care of the cavity.
If the cavity is still small in size, our team might be able to remove the decayed enamel with a drill and then apply a standard filling. This will repair the structure and function of the tooth for many years to come.
If the cavity went undetected and was allowed to spread, there might not be sufficient healthy enamel remaining to secure a filling in place. If this is the case, your dentist might suggest replacing the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown.
If the decay has penetrated deep into the tooth to the point that the pulp or root of the tooth has become infected, a root canal might be required. This will involve removing all compromised material from the tooth and rebuilding the lost structure with a material called gutta percha. Once this is done, the tooth can be fitted for a crown.
If you suspect you have a cavity in Woburn, Massachusetts, you should not delay in contacting Agape Dentist at 781.995.4445 to have it examined and treated.