Cavities occur as a result of bacteria taking advantage of an opportunity. These bacteria live inside your mouth, and they only need a small opening to create problems for your smile.
More than likely, you will have a cavity in your lifetime. Health experts estimate that more than 90 percent of American adults will have at least one cavity.
What you do about it — or more specifically, when you do something about it — will make a big difference in your overall oral health.
At Advanced Dental Associates, we are here to help keep you smiling.
How To Prevent Tooth Decay
You know what you are supposed to do to keep your mouth healthy. Nevertheless, it’s good to have a reminder from time to time about what to do.
Preventing cavities starts with your daily hygiene routine. That means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You want to be sure to scrub your teeth on all sides.
Next, be sure to clean between your teeth every day as well. There are places between your teeth and below your gumline that a toothbrush can’t reach. Using dental floss, flossers, or a water flossers is a great way to clean those hard to reach spots.
And last, but certainly not least, you should visit our dentist office if you live in or near San Antonio for regular professional dental cleanings and exams.
During your visits, we will remove any plaque or tartar that you missed, and we will be on the lookout for cavities in the early stages. While you are here, you can take advantage of our fluoride treatments to strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
How To Fix Tooth Decay
Unfortunately, there’s still a chance that you may develop a cavity. If you notice this early, you can call us to get it taken care of while the cavity is small. If you don’t notice it or you ignore it, this can lead to more serious issues.
Let’s review what you can do.
▶ Get A Dental Filling
Next to prevention, this is the best option for dealing with a cavity. Dental fillings are simple, effective, and the least invasive way to treat tooth decay.
The first step in this process is removing the decay from your tooth. Once your tooth is cleaned and prepped, we can fill in the opening with our filling material. This can restore both the function and the appearance of your smile.
If you had a filling previously, we will check it each time you visit us. Fillings can last for years, but they don’t last forever. If they crack, chip, wear down, separate from your teeth, or fall out, then you should have them replaced as soon as possible.
▶ Get A Dental Crown
If your cavity is in a place where you may not see it, or you just ignore it until it can’t be ignored anymore, then a dental filling may no longer be possible.
In those situations, we would recommend a dental crown.
Dental crowns are meant to replace the natural crowns of your teeth. Getting a dental crown can take a little time, but it’s worth it in the end.
For starters, we will need to do two things at the same time. We need to get rid of you tooth decay, and we need to form your tooth into the shape of an abutment so it can support your crown. You may receive a temporary crown to wear until your permanent crown is ready.
Your real dental crown will be made from materials like ceramic and zirconia. These restore the appearance and the function of your tooth.
▶ Get A Root Canal
We hope it doesn’t come to this. But, bacteria will continue to eat into your tooth if you don’t take care of your tooth decay.
If it reaches the pulp at the center of your tooth, you will need a root canal treatment to fix your infected tooth.
Now, modern root canals are really not that bad. The toothache you will have before you need one, that’s a different story.
Call Us Today
Call 210-819-5233 to schedule your next dental appointment at Advanced Dental Associates. We want to help you prevent tooth decay whenever we can and to treat it when needed.