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What is a Cavity? Spokane Valley WA

Illustrated diagram of a cavity from Grins & Giggles Family Dentistry in Spokane Valley, WAGood oral health is integral for your overall wellness. Practicing good oral hygiene and regular checkups can improve your dental health so you can avoid cavities. A cavity is a minor hole that is formed in your teeth due to bacteria, sugar, and the breakdown of the tooth structure.

Grins & Giggles Family Dentistry conducts dental tests of your mouth to find any cavities in your teeth. Our doctor, Dr. Mostafa Kabbani will create an effective plan to treat the cavity and prevent further damage. Cavities are often the main problem in dentistry for kids, which is why getting regular checkups is essential to avoid dental issues in the future.

What is a Cavity?

A cavity is also referred to as tooth decay or dental caries. The decay forms gradually and painlessly, making it hard to detect. It can affect both the inner layer, dentin, and the outer coating, enamel, of the teeth.

Cavities become bigger and deeper with time if not detected early and treated. This results in severe pain and discomfort. Catching a cavity early can ensure you get the right treatment before the problem gets worse. Typically, the dentist treats this problem with dental fillings.

Causes of Cavities

A cavity is caused by plaque, which forms due to the amalgamation of food particles, acid, saliva, and bacteria. When you consume sugary drinks or foods, the mouth bacteria transform this sugar into acid. This starts eroding the enamel, which protects against tooth decay. As the enamel weakens, the chances of a cavity increase.

Symptoms of a Cavity

The signs of a cavity can vary based on the location and extent. While you might not have any symptoms when the cavity develops, you might experience the signs as it grows. Some signs may include:

•  Spontaneous toothache or pain for no reason
•  Tooth sensitivity
•  Pain while consuming cold, hot, or sweet items
•  White, black, or brown stains on the tooth
•  Visible pits or holes in the teeth

Treatments for a Cavity

A cavity can cause severe pain that can be temporarily reduced using over-the-counter medication that the dentist prescribes. While you wait for your appointment, you can treat the signs and symptoms of the cavity by:

•  Using warm water to brush your teeth
•  Using toothpaste created for sensitive teeth
•  Avoiding drinks and foods that are too sweet, cold, or hot

The dentist will examine your teeth to check the severity of the cavity and the damage already caused to create a treatment plan. Typically, the treatment involves removing the decayed part of the tooth and repairing it with the appropriate option, including:

•  Filling: The hole will be filed with a mixture of composite, porcelain, gold, or silver alloy resin.

•  Crowns: In case the tooth has severe damage, crowns will be used after repairing the damage.

•  Root Canal: If the pulp of the tooth is injured beyond repair, then you may need a root canal. The tissue, blood vessels, nerves, and the decayed part are removed from the tooth, and dental sealants are used to fill the roots. A crown is used to fit over it.

Cavities can cause severe damage and spread to the surrounding teeth if not treated in a timely manner. It is important to get regular checkups and consult a dentist in case of any pain.
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What is a Cavity? • Spokane Valley Dentist • Grins & Giggles
A cavity is a damaged tooth from decay. Treatment involves removal of decay and filling with dental material. Restore your smile—call today for a check up!
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