Cavity Treatment in Livermore, CA

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems and can cause a lot of pain, lead to infections, or even result in tooth loss. Cavities are preventable if you maintain good oral hygiene and attend regular check-ups and teeth cleanings with your dentist. However, if you do develop a cavity, it’s important to get it treated promptly to prevent more serious problems from arising.

FAQ

The most common treatment for cavities is a filling. When your dentist is going to fill a cavity, they will first drill and clean it out to remove the decaying material. They will then fill in the hole with a tooth-colored composite resin material to seal and protect it from further decay. Fillings can fix most mild cavities and prevent them from developing into a bigger issue.

In the case of larger, more severe cavities, a dental crown may be required to cap the tooth. In these situations, the dentist has to remove such a significant amount of material from your tooth that a regular filling won’t work. Once all the decayed material has been removed, the dentist will shape the tooth and bond a natural-looking crown on top of it to cover and protect it.

When cavities develop long enough, they can reach the pulpy interior tissue of a tooth and lead to an infection. These types of infections require a root canal procedure to remove the affected pulp tissue and clean out the inside of the tooth. The tooth will then be filled, sealed, and capped with a crown to stop further decay and restore its functionality.

In extreme cases, when a large cavity goes untreated for an extended time, it might be healthiest to remove the tooth rather than trying to treat it. This is why it’s imperative to follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent cavities in the first place and to treat any cavities that you do develop as soon as the problem is noticed. In the event that you do have to have a tooth extracted because of a cavity, you can fill in the gap using dental implants or bridges.

Cavities in their early stages often present no symptoms, which is why it’s important to attend regular dental check-ups so your dentist can examine your teeth and catch cavities before they get bigger. Cavities, in their later stages, typically cause increased sensitivity in your teeth or significant pain if the cavity has reached the pulp of the tooth. You might experience a sudden toothache or extreme sensitivity when eating or drinking hot and cold things.

Though small cavities are usually not visible, bigger cavities can appear as a hole or pit on the surface of your tooth. Cavities can also cause staining and dark spots on the surface of your teeth. If you notice anything unusual or experience heightened sensitivity and pain in your teeth, see your dentist right away so they can inspect your mouth for cavities and treat them.

Some Common Symptoms of Cavities:

  • Sudden toothache
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and food items
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth
  • Staining or dark spots on the surface of your teeth

The plaque buildup that causes cavities to form is easily removable with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Floss every day at least once to remove food  and plaque from between your teeth that can lead to cavity development. You should also visit your dentist every six months to get your teeth cleaned and examined.

In addition to good dental hygiene practices, you can also make changes to your diet to decrease the likelihood of developing cavities. Cut back on sugary foods and drinks, especially things like soda, candy, and desserts. Foods that cling to your teeth for a long time or frequent snacking and sipping of sugary beverages gives your mouth more of the bacteria that lead to cavities. If you have problems with cavities, try sticking to foods that are easily washed away by saliva and eat mostly at mealtimes.

For more information about cavity treatment or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, call our office in Livermore, California today.

Technology & Safety

Providing a safe and relaxing environment, supported by the use of technology, is a top priority at Brent C. Lin, DDS. We are proud to share just some of the technology and tools we provide to our patients.

Cerec 3D CAD-CAM technology

Advanced technology that creates a 3D image of your teeth, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and a second visit.

Panoramic/CBCT (Cone beam) Imaging

Advanced diagnostic technology that takes panoramic and/or 3D images of your skull to increase diagnostic capabilities — all in about 14 seconds! All you do is stand there!

Sterilization

State-of-the-art sterilization machine (used by only 3% of practices)

Computerized Delivery

Computerized anesthetic delivery system that achieves painless, efficient injections to patients

Computerized Dental Record

Computerized dental health records and management system. Online patient can also access to dental records.

Highly Trained Staff

Highly trained and licensed providers and staff

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