With only between one and two percent of the nation immune to dental caries, you’re likely to develop a cavity at some point in your life. Whether an adult or a child, you are at risk of tooth decay forming in your smile. Do you have questions about cavities? Can they be prevented? How will the doctor treat them?
Frequently Asked Questions About Cavities
Question: What causes a cavity?
Answer: Tooth decay forms when bacteria comes into contact with the sensitive inner layers of dentin. Typically, dentin is protected by the outer layer of tooth enamel. However, injury or poor oral hygiene can weaken enamel, causing damage or erosion and allowing bacteria to reach the dentin.
Question: What are the symptom of tooth decay?
Answer: Patients rarely notice symptoms until the cavity has fully formed. That’s why we recommend routine checkups, so the dentist can identify the presence of decay at an early stage. Patients may notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks. In addition, a persistent toothache that doesn’t subside after 48 hours can occur. We recommend seeing the dentist at the first signs of discomfort.
Question: What happens if they aren’t treated?
Answer: Without treatment a cavity will grow and expand until it bypasses the dentin and reaches the pulp. Your pulp is a bundle of living tissue that keeps the tooth alive and healthy. Bacteria coming in contact with the pulp can lead to an infection, causing serious discomfort and eventually, a high risk of losing the tooth.
Question: How do you treat a cavity?
Answer: In most cases we recommend a filling. Using a metal-free material, we place a lifelike filling that blends with your tooth. The entire procedure takes one visit can helps protect your tooth from further decay and infection. Afterward, you can help prevent future decay by brushing and flossing properly, as well as undergoing routine cleanings. If you have any questions about cavities then please contact our office today.
ABOUT YOUR ASTORIA, NY, DENTIST:
Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, a native New Yorker, has welcomed patients and families from in and around Astoria, NY (including Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and all surrounding communities) since opening his dental practice in 1991. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Leibowitz, call our office in Astoria today at 718-728-8320.