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Tooth Decay/Cavities

Cavities or tooth decay are permanently damaged areas of tooth structure. They can lead to holes or openings in the tooth that increase in size the longer the cavity is left untreated. They can lead to toothaches, infection, and tooth loss.

The cause of cavities/tooth decay is multifactorial. Poor oral hygiene, frequent snacking, a diet high in sugars and starch, and the makeup of bacteria in your mouth can all play a part. Cavities are more likely to occur in children and young adults but anyone who has teeth (including infants and seniors) can be susceptible to tooth decay.

The best way to avoid decay is to brush and floss your teeth regularly and see your dentist for dental cleanings and checkups.

Signs And Symptoms Of Cavities And Tooth Decay

In their early stages, cavities are usually asymptomatic. If left untreated, the cavity will continue to grow in size and may start to cause tooth sensitivity or tooth pain. As the decay gets larger, visible holes may develop in the tooth structure. It may become painful to chew on the affected tooth and the tooth may become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures and to sweets. If the cavity becomes very large and approaches the pulp chamber (nerve) inside the tooth, the tooth may start to ache, throb, or hurt and an infection may develop.

Treatment Options For Cavities And Tooth Decay

  • The best treatment for dental decay depends on the size and severity of the cavity.
  • If the decay is caught in its earliest stages (known as demineralization), it can sometimes be reversed using a remineralization or calcium phosphate paste. This is one good reason to see your dentist on a regular basis.
  • If the decay has gotten through the enamel, you may need a dental filling or composite restoration.
  • If the decay is very large, a crown or lab-made restoration may be necessary to restore the tooth and if the nerve tissue inside the tooth becomes inflamed and/or infected a root canal may be required.

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Whether you’re booking a semi-annual cleaning and checkup or require a special dental service, Dr. Korol and her team are here for all of your dental needs.

To start on your personalized dental treatment for that healthy, beautiful smile, contact our Calgary dental office today by calling 1-403-245-9099 or filling out the contact form.

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