Even if you brush your teeth every day as you should and floss, there is always the risk of a cavity occurring. When this happens, it can cause tooth pain. Over time, it can lead to damage to the tooth that requires even more care. That’s why if you think you need cavity services or a cavity filling, don’t hesitate to give our team at Lovett Dental Beaumont a call for immediate help.
What Is a Cavity?
Cavities are often talked about but not always understood. A cavity is an area of a tooth where permanent damage has been done to the hard surface. They occur when bacteria can get into the very tiny holes and openings on teeth. Cavities can be due to bacteria but also to too much sugar and not cleaning your teeth properly. When you have suspected tooth decay like this, cavity services may become necessary.
What Type of Cavity Services Are Available?
Your first step is to come in to see your dentist. Our team will work with you to determine what your next steps are. This may include:
- General dentistry exams
- Teeth cleaning services
- Fluoride treatment services
- Dental fillings and sealants
- Root canal treatments
Which of these cavity services are right for you? That depends on the extensiveness of the problem and its location. Let’s consider a few of these procedures.
Working as both a prevention and a treatment option, fluoride treatments can minimize the damage and restore the tooth’s enamel. They can, in some cases, reverse the damage caused by a cavity (usually only the very first stages of it). Your dentist may recommend this type of treatment as a first step and even as a type of preventative tool if you are at a higher risk of developing cavities.
Fillings and Sealants
For many people, sealants can be a very important step. Our team will clean out the cavity area. This works to remove much of the damage you have. We want to get rid of any bacteria present. Then, for most people, is a cavity filling is placed in those openings. After this area is filled in, a sealant is placed over the top. This can stay in place for a long period. It helps to block food particles and bacteria from getting into your teeth.
Root Canal Procedures
Sometimes, the cavity services need to be more invasive to tackle some of the more extensive damage you have. This happens when the tooth decay has reached the inner material in the tooth called the pulp. This procedure works to remove the interior material and the infected areas. Medication is then used, in some cases, to help minimize the risk of infections. From there, a filling is placed to cover up the tooth.
Tooth Extraction Procedures
There are some situations where a person may need to have a tooth extracted. That is another one of the cavity services we can provide. It is best when the damage is significant, and the tooth is no longer able to be saved. It can be very important for individuals to have tooth extractions to prevent further infection and damage to the other teeth or gums.
Don’t Hesitate to Call Our Team at Lovett Dental Beaumont
When you have any tooth pain, that’s an indication that you may benefit from cavity services. Our team can provide you with these services and much more. If you think you need a cavity filling, then don’t hesitate to give Lovett Dental Beaumont a call. We’re happy to help you as soon as possible. Call 409-924-8100 to learn more.