Dental Cavities Pennington NJ
Tooth cavities are a major concern for children as well as adults. The American Dental Association estimates that half of all first-graders have tooth cavities. We offer a range of treatment for tooth cavities regardless of age, from preventive care to dental fillings and root canals.
What Causes Tooth Cavities?
Tooth cavities, called dental caries, are generally caused by plaque build up. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it causes bacteria to produce an acid that attacks and erodes tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, the tooth becomes susceptible to the formation of dental cavities.
How to Prevent Tooth Cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (if over the age of 2)
- Floss daily – cavities frequently form between teeth
- Maintain a healthy diet, limiting sugary snacks and soda
- Visit the dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and exams
Tooth Cavity Symptoms
Many people who have cavities experience no symptoms. As the tooth cavity gets larger, symptoms may include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain when eating hot or cold foods and beverages
- Visible holes in teeth
- Pus around the tooth and gums
Treatment For Tooth Cavities
We offer a range of general dentistry services to treat any stage of tooth decay. Sealants may be placed on children’s teeth to prevent cavities. For early stages of tooth decay and small cavities, the dentist may place a tooth colored dental filling. Other options include inlays, onlays and dental crowns. If tooth decay is extensive, a root canal may be necessary.
DIAGNOdent – Dental Cavity Detection
We have incorporated the latest technology into our office to help us take a proactive approach and stop cavities before they form. The DIAGNOdent is pen-like device that can detect early tooth decay. With this tool, our dentists are able to intercept tooth decay before it progresses.