Cavities (Decay)

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Cavities (Decay) Treated by Antelope Creek Family Dentistry

Serving Lincoln, Lancaster County and Nebraska

Caavitydecay.jpgCaries, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease. While caries might not endanger your life, they may negatively impact your quality of life.

According to research, the most common chronic childhood disease in America is tooth decay, affecting 50 percent of first-graders and 80 percent of 17-year-olds. While tooth decay is prevalent in children and young adults, it can affect a person at any age.

Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a cavity.

When your teeth and gums are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form that begin to eat away at tooth enamel. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth. Those deposits bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth, with tooth decay resulting.

Symptoms

Cavities in their beginning stage may show no signs or symptoms. Larger or more advanced cavities may show symptoms including:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity, especially after eating sweets, hot foods or cold foods and after drinking hot or cold drinks
  • Dark, visible holes in the teeth

Treatment

To detect the caries, we use the state-of-the-art DIAGNOdent Laser Caries Detector. This advanced technology is able to detect cavities at the earliest stages.

Dentists remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings, restoring the tooth to a healthy state. Nerve damage can result from severe decay and may require a crown or a root canal.

Prevention

Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental check-ups, diet control and fluoride treatment. Practicing good hygiene avoids unhealthy teeth and costly treatment.

Please contact our office if you have any further questions on cavities. Feel good, look great!