Cavities, which are caused by tooth decay, can give you a number of warning signs when they develop. Your tooth will grow increasingly more sensitive; the decay may cause discoloration in your tooth; and, in severe cases, you may experience an abscess on your tooth’s root. The good news is that cavities can be effectively treated no matter what stage they’re in, and finding the best cavity treatment depends on carefully diagnosing its severity.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Like all dental issues, tooth decay is best dealt with by preventing it from ever forming in the first place. To do this, you must control the oral bacteria that cause it by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once, without fail. Also, attend regular checkup and cleaning appointments so your dentist can effectively remove bacteria from your teeth that have calcified into tartar. If a cavity does develop, then your regular visits will give your dentist the chance to spot its presence and recommend appropriate treatment before the cavity and tooth decay progress further.
Treating a Cavity in Stages
Though prevention isn’t always guaranteed when it comes to cavities, advanced dental treatment can help you avoid the tooth destruction that they can cause if they do develop. For instance, mild to moderate cavities can often be treated with a conservative, tooth-colored filling, which restores the tooth’s health and appearance after the decay has been removed. In more severe cases, your dentist might suggest root canal treatment, which is the only way to reach and remove decay from the inner pulp chamber of your tooth.
Learn the Best Way to Treat Your Cavity
The best way to treat a cavity is to prevent it, but if that fails, then speak with your dentist about restoring your tooth with a filling or root canal treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza in Tucson, AZ, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.