Severe tooth decay can wear away the tooth enamel, the hard outer layer of the tooth. Eventually, if enough enamel wears away, the soft tissues and nerves within the tooth will be exposed, creating a cavity in the tooth. One of the first signs of a cavity is a sensitivity to temperature and touch. One or more cavities also affect our ability to chew properly.
Good oral hygiene is one of the best preventative measures against cavities and tooth decay. Remember to use fluoride toothpaste as fluoride removes plaque, a sticky film that can buildup on teeth. Flossing is also necessary to remove particles from between teeth. Although brushing and flossing may seem simple enough, these efforts help to prevent cavities from forming.
Dr. Benjamin Stevens is a Greenwood, IN dentist that is passionate about helping his patients receive comprehensive dental care in a warm and friendly environment. He emphasizes the importance of preventative dental care to prevent future oral health problems. Learn more about cavities as well as how Dr. Stevens treats them below.
How Do Cavities Form?
Our mouths contain harmless bacteria that help break down food particles. However, bacteria feed on sugary and starchy foods. The more of these types of foods that we eat, the more bacteria are produced. Bacteria produce acids which bind to plaque that build up between teeth. Plaque eats up tooth enamel to form cavities.
How Are Cavities Treated?
Dental fillings are the best treatment option for sealing out decay. To begin the dental filling procedure, Dr. Stevens will clean out the infected tissue from the tooth cavity. After ensuring the cavity is thoroughly cleaned, he fills the cavity with a resin material that is cured to match the color of natural teeth. Because the filling is bonded to the tooth, patients can eat, drink, and speak without pain.
Contact Our Greenwood, IN Dental Office
Do you have one or more cavities? Do you require a dental filling? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Stevens on our website. You can also call (317) 886-4512 for treatment.