Best dentist in Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Radford VA to treat Dental Cavity.

Have you been experiencing “black lesions” that are eating up your teeth? Well, it is high time that you get your teeth checked for dental cavities (or tooth decay).

A cavity is initiated when the bacteria harbors in the oral cavity. The bacteria turn the sugars and food debris into acids that attack the teeth. Normally the pH in our mouth should be neutral, 7. However, the bacteria reduce it instigating a series of dental problems. The bacteria gradually infects the hard tissues and can reach the pulp, it can also cause the infection of the surrounding tissues.

A cavity can start as a pinpoint lesion; a spot that you would not know is there. If left untreated, it gets bigger and wider, destroying the tooth structure. Cavities are not only harmful to your oral health, but it can result in complications to your health conditions.

How do cavities form?

Dental cavity, commonly known as dental or tooth decay, is a big or a small hole in your tooth. It is often caused when the bacteria and toxins invade the healthy tooth and start destroying it, inside out or vice versa. The deeper the cavity, usually more complicated the dental treatment will be.

According to our practical surveys and patient experience at Opulent Dental, cavities are one of the most common dental problems in people of all ages (especially kids- even little babies). Your local dentist in Christiansburg VA will usually emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene practice, proper brushing techniques during your routine dental check-ups.

As we say at Opulent Dental, brush and floss twice a day, and keep the cavities at bay!

What causes tooth decay/ What causes dental caries?

There are several reasons that can cause cavities, or tooth decay such as:

  • Poor oral hygiene practice
  • Wrong brushing techniques (At Opulent Dental we educate our patients about brushing the teeth in the right way-we provide complementary toothbrush, floss, and other goodies on every cleaning visit)
  • Frequent intake of sugary food and drinks
  • Giving sugar with milk in feeder to the babies (Nursing Bottle Syndrome)
  • Genetics- yes if tooth decay prevails in your family, you can easily fall prey to it
  • Smoking and use of tobacco
  • Acidic pH in the mouth instead of neutral (pH 7) because of intrinsic or extrinsic factors
  • Gum diseases

How to detect tooth decay?

You know the biggest reason for dental neglect is that the cavities are initially painless. Moreover, when the patient start experiencing dental pain or toothache, a significant amount of tooth usually is destroyed.

Here are a few signs and symptoms that we educate our patients at Opulent Dental about. So, they can look out for the cavities, before things get worse:.

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Mild or seldom tooth pain
  • White or black spots on your teeth
  • Visible holes in your teeth

Even if you do not see any visible changes in your teeth yet you feel something “off” in your mouth, visit a dental clinic. Opulent Dental uses latest technology and materials to detect tooth decay, because only half or upper portion of the tooth is visible to the eye. Nobody knows what is going “behind the scenes” unless radiographs or digital imaging is done.

Tooth Decay- Get the dental cavities treated!

Unfortunately, any damage to the tooth is irreversible, because unlike any other tissue in the body a tooth cannot heal itself.

Therefore, once tooth decay initiates, the tooth has to be treated and restored. Here are a few dental procedures that a patient will have to undergo depending on the nature and severity of the cavity:

  • Dental fillings
  • Root canal treatment
  • Tooth extraction
  • Dental crowns

Albeit you have the internet flooded with all the information, you need, it is best to let the professionals do their job. For state-of-the-art dental treatment, get your oral health assessed by our expert dentists at Opulent Dental.

FAQs

Can my tooth be repaired after tooth decay?

Well, to know for sure you will have come for a dental check-up at Opulent Dental. Depending on the severity and extent of the cavity, the dentist will decide the best way to repair or restore the tooth. If it is small, a dental filling will do, however, if the infection has reached your pulp, root canal therapy might be the only option.

What happens if you do not get a cavity filled?

If you leave the cavity as it is, it will spread to further into the tooth and surrounding tissues. Opulent Dental has often encountered patients who left their cavities untreated and the damage was so severe that extraction (tooth removal) was the only option left. The best thing you can do for yourself is get tooth decay treated at its earliest. If you notice any tooth abscess signs and symptoms , it’s important to contact an emergency dentist right away.

How do you prevent cavities?

Please follow the ADA recommendations (link is https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/decay) listed below

 

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss between your teeth daily
  • Eat nutritious, balanced meals and limit snacking
  • Talk to your dentist about supplemental fluoride to strengthen your teeth and about dental sealants to further protect your teeth from decay
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional teeth cleanings and exams

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