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