Cavities Specialist

Tru Plano Dental

Miri Kim, DMD

General Dentistry located in Plano, TX

Cavities may be painful or unsightly, and can ruin your teeth if not treated in a timely manner. During a routine dental exam at Tru Plano Dental in Plano, Texas, Miri Kim, DMD, lets you know if you have a cavity and treats it before serious oral health problems arise. Call to schedule a dental cleaning and exam today or book an appointment online.

Cavities Q & A

What is a cavity?

A cavity is tooth decay, or tiny holes in a tooth’s hard surface. Cavities are common, especially in children, teenagers, and older adults. Common causes include:

  • Excessive bacteria in the mouth
  • Frequent consumption of sugary drinks and snacks
  • Inadequate at-home brushing and flossing techniques
  • Skipping routine professional dental cleanings
  • Inadequate fluoride
  • Genetic factors
  • Advanced age

If left untreated, cavities can grow and spread to deeper layers of your teeth. This might lead to severe tooth pain, infection, and even tooth loss.

What are the signs and symptoms of cavities?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you or your child has a cavity:

  • A toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain upon eating or drinking
  • Visible pits or holes in teeth
  • Pain upon biting down
  • White, black, or brown staining on a tooth’s surface

If a cavity is in its early stage, you might not experience symptoms at all. That’s why routine dental visits to catch cavities early on is important.

What is the treatment for cavities?

Dr. Kim examines your mouth to find out if you have a cavity and if it’s mild, moderate, or severe. The stage it’s in determines the most appropriate treatment plan, which might include a:

  • Fluoride treatment to reverse a cavity in its early stages
  • Tooth-colored filling that restores your tooth
  • Crown, or cap, placed over a tooth after Dr. Kim removes tooth decay
  • Root canal to remove a tooth’s infected inner pulp, which is replaced with a filling

In very severe cases when a tooth is badly damaged, Dr. Kim may need to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or bridge.

How can I prevent cavities?

The best way to prevent cavities is with a healthy diet, excellent at-home brushing and flossing techniques, and routine professional dental cleanings. The following strategies lower your risk of cavities:

  • Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss once a day
  • Use an antibacterial fluoride mouth rinse
  • Receive routine dental cleanings and exams
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar and refined carbohydrates
  • Replace sugary drinks with water

By catching cavities early, you’ll avoid the need for more extensive dental work. To schedule a routine dental cleaning and exam, call Tru Plano Dental today or book an appointment online.