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Cavities - Prime Time Dentistry - Frisco, TX

Is having a cavity normal?


Most of us have had a cavity, but do you know what they are? Cavities are a common dental problem; most people have had at least one. The best way to treat a cavity effectively is to prevent or catch it early. At your regular dental exams and cleanings, your Frisco dentist can identify the early signs of a cavity to provide early, effective intervention.

What is a cavity?

Cavities result from tooth decay and can damage your tooth enamel and the layer beneath it called the dentin. Bacteria in dental plaque react with sugars and carbohydrates in the foods you eat. An acid that breaks down the enamel forms and can lead to tooth decay. If the acids found in the plaque erode enough of the tooth to cause a hole, a cavity has formed.

Cavity Symptoms

If you visit your dentist regularly, she may be able to tell you that you have a cavity before you even notice any symptoms. However, if a cavity rapidly develops or you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may experience the following:

  • Tooth pain without a clear cause
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Holes or pitting in your teeth
  • Pain when biting or eating
  • Discoloration

How are cavities treated?

Cavities cause permanent damage to the affected tooth and must be taken care of to prevent the loss of your natural tooth. To effectively treat cavities, your dentist must remove the decayed tissue to prevent further decay.

Fillings: If you need a tooth filling to treat your cavity, your Frisco dentist at Prime Time Dentistry will remove the decayed tooth material before filling your cavity with a composite resin or an amalgam filling material.
Crowns: When you have a badly decayed tooth but can save your tooth, you may need a crown to protect the remaining tooth structure. Your dentist will remove the decayed tooth material and cover your tooth with a crown to restore the appearance and function of your tooth.
Root canals: If you have an untreated cavity and the decay leads to an infection in the pulp, or soft tissue, of your teeth, you will need a root canal.
Tooth extraction: An extraction may be needed if your tooth is badly decayed or damaged beyond saving.

There are different degrees of tooth decay, but we must treat all tooth decay to prevent further damage, infection, and costly restorative dental procedures. Our team will work with you to treat your cavity quickly and effectively to protect your long-term oral health.

How to prevent a cavity

Daily brushing and flossing will help prevent the long-term build-up of plaque that will harden and turn into tartar. By removing the bacteria and build-up of acids that break down your tooth enamel, cavities and tooth decay are less likely to develop. However, it is imperative to remember that some people are genetically predisposed to cavities despite practicing pristine oral health hygiene.

Your dentist at Prime Time Dentistry is devoted to providing you with the high-quality, compassionate dental care you deserve. Your oral health is our priority!

If you believe you may have a cavity or haven’t visited your dentist lately, don’t wait any longer. Call our office today at 945-207-7463 to reserve your appointment!