Cavities

Sac Dentist

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Sacramento, CA

Cavities are an incredibly common dental condition, with the National Center for Health Statistics reporting that 91% of adults between 20 and 64 have at least one cavity. The skilled doctors at Sac Dentist in Sacramento, California have helped numerous patients with cavities get back to optimal oral health. To learn more about what the Sac Dentist team can do for your cavities, book an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking system.

Cavities Q & A

What are cavities?

Cavities are permanent areas of decay and damage in the structures of your teeth. If left untreated, cavities can lead to pain, infection, and tooth loss. Anyone who has teeth is at risk for developing cavities, but they occur more frequently in children, teens, and older adults.

How do cavities develop?

Cavities develop when plaque sits on your teeth for too long. Plaque is a sticky, colorless substance that collects on your teeth when you eat or drink sugars and starches, and it’s full of bacteria and acids. When left in contact with your teeth, the bacteria and acid in plaque break down the minerals of the outer layer of your teeth (called enamel), which leads to the formation of tiny holes in your teeth.

The holes can become deeper as they’re exposed to more bacteria and acid, eventually expanding through your tooth’s second layer (dentin) and reaching the pulp in your inner tooth. Your pulp is made up of nerves and blood vessels, and when it comes into contact with the bacteria and acid in plaque, it swells. This swelling pinches the nerves in the pulp, which can lead to severe pain in your tooth.

How are cavities treated?

The team at Sac Dentist have a number of different procedures at their disposal for treating your cavity and getting your smile back to a place of health and happiness.

If your cavity is in an early stage, they might be able to restore the damaged enamel and reverse the cavity’s development by simply treating your affected tooth with fluoride, avoiding the need for any surgical procedure.

If your cavity is more advanced, they might need to perform a simple oral surgery in the form of a filling, a crown, or a root canal. The goal of these procedures is to remove the decay from the tooth to prevent it from spreading further and causing any more damage. Once the decay is removed, your dentist restores your tooth with a filling substance.

Severe cavities can sometimes require a full extraction of the affected tooth in order to protect the health of your gums, jawbone, and the rest of the teeth in your mouth. Extractions can be followed up with a dental implant or bridge procedure in order to fill in the gap left by the extracted tooth.

If you’d like to treat a cavity and improve your oral health, schedule an appointment with the team at Sac Dentist today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking service.