About one in four American adults has at least one cavity. Though common, without prompt diagnosis and treatment, cavities can negatively affect your oral health and quality of life. The expert dentists at Pleasant Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, specialize in treating cavities. Using ceramic and tooth-colored fillings, they can repair your teeth and restore your smile to a healthy, vibrant condition. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today.
Cavities cause holes to form in your tooth enamel. They typically start out small and grow larger over time. Cavities don’t always present symptoms early on. As a result, you might be at risk and not realize it.
When left untreated, cavities may result in tooth loss. That’s why early intervention and treatment are so important. Preventive measures like oral exams and professional cleanings can detect cavities and minimize the damage they cause.
Common symptoms of cavities include:
As a cavity grows in size, you might also experience discomfort when biting, chewing, or brushing your teeth.
To diagnose cavities, Pleasant Family Dentistry conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. They then conduct a series of scans using the DIAGNOdent® and DEXIS™ CariVu™. These advanced pieces of diagnostic equipment use laser technology to detect hidden decay.
Both systems are safe and free of radiation. Screening with DIAGNOdent and the DEXIS CariVu is quick and pain-free. If your provider detects one (or several) cavities, they develop a custom treatment plan to ease pain and preserve your tooth.
Treatment of cavities depends on the severity of the tooth damage. If you have a small cavity, your provider might recommend a filling. Prior to applying a filling, your provider removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth. Afterward, they fill the area with ceramic or tooth-colored composite material.
If you have a deep cavity that’s caused extensive damage, your provider might recommend a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that bonds to the top of your tooth. Once placed, a crown restores your tooth to its near-original size, shape, and appearance. Pleasant Family Dentistry has a CEREC® milling machine on-site, meaning you can receive a same-day crown.
There’s no way to prevent cavities entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk by practicing good oral hygiene. Pleasant Family Dentistry recommends brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
In addition, try to avoid snacking between meals as well as sugary or acidic foods. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that contains lots of fruits and vegetables can also help preserve your oral health.
To receive treatment for cavities, request a consultation at Pleasant Family Dentistry. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today.