At some point in their lifetime, nearly everyone will be affected by dental cavities. Unfortunately, dental cavities are extremely prevalent in children and are in fact, tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease.
Cavities, or dental caries, are caused by plaque buildup which erodes tooth enamel. Irregular dental visits, diet and poor dental hygiene are the most significant contributing factors to tooth decay. Cavities are most common in back teeth, but may be present on any teeth and often form between teeth.
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
- Holes in teeth
- Pus around teeth or gums
Shiflet, Cox & Morgan offer several options to treat cavities. Dental, tooth-colored fillings are the most common form of treatment for early signs of tooth decay. If the tooth decay is advanced, a dental crown is used. The weakened portion of the tooth is removed and a crown is fit over the remainder of the tooth.
If the decay has caused the root or nerve of the tooth to die, a root canal is necessary. During a root canal, the center of the tooth is removed and the roots are filled with a sealing material.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing symptoms of a cavity, schedule a consultation with Shiflet, Cox & Morgan. This comprehensive dentist office can determine the stage of tooth decay and recommend and perform treatment options.