Bayside Implant & General Dentistry is a family dentistry office offering complete dentistry for children and adults. We recommend visiting the dentist at least every six months for routine examination and professional teeth cleaning for the prevention of a tooth cavity.
A tooth cavity (tooth decay or dental caries), is a dental health concern that affects patients of all ages. Most patients will experience tooth decay at some point in their lives. Chesapeake, VA dentist Dr. Brent Moses provides preventative and restorative dental care for the treatment of a tooth cavity.
What Causes a Tooth Cavity
A tooth cavity is commonly caused by a reaction between sugar and plaque buildup that erodes tooth enamel. As the enamel wears away, the tooth is susceptible to infection causing the tooth cavity. Patients who do not brush and floss well, who smoke, or who eat diets high in sugar are more susceptible to developing tooth decay.
Daily brushing and flossing is essential to reducing plaque and bacteria in the mouth and therefore preventing tooth decay. It is also important to limit snacking between meals, avoid sodas and candy, and drink plenty of water.
Tooth Cavity Symptoms
Dr. Moses is able to identify early signs of a tooth cavity before most patients experience any physical symptoms, so it is important to maintain regular dental check-ups to our Chesapeake, VA dentist office. There are some signs that could indicate tooth decay including:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain when eating hot or cold foods and beverages
- Visible holes in teeth
- Inflammation or infection of gums around the tooth
Treatment for a Tooth Cavity
Treatment for your tooth decay will depend on the progression of the infected tooth. If caught early, a tooth cavity can be treated with a dental filling. Dental fillings have long been the solution for treating tooth decay and continue to be the dentistry standard. Dr. Moses will conduct a thorough oral health exam to determine the appropriate treatment needed to restore the health and function to your smile. Treatments include:
Composite Dental Fillings – A composite tooth filling is placed in a single visit and is used to treat minor tooth decay.
Porcelain or Gold Fillings – If the tooth cavity is more extensive, Dr. Moses may use an indirect restoration such as a composite or ceramic filling to protect the tooth.
Root Canal – When tooth decay progresses close to the nerve of the tooth, it can cause extreme pain. A root canal procedure will eliminate infection from inside the tooth. Dr. Moses can then restore the tooth using a dental crown to prevent future problems.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are searching for an expert dentist that offers treatment options for a tooth cavity in the Chesapeake, VA and Virginia Beach area, contact Bayside Implant & General Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moses.