Cavities are a common form of tooth decay that can cause a variety of more serious health issues if left untreated. Luckily, filling a cavity is a routine procedure. Adwen P. Yap, DDS, in Moreno Valley, California, regularly treats children and adults with cavities, helping them protect their oral health. Call his office to request an appointment or book online today for cavity treatment.
A cavity is a hole in the surface of your tooth. Teeth have an inner pulp that is protected by a layer of dentin and a layer of enamel. Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, and it’s the strongest substance in the human body.
But even though enamel is strong, it can get damaged. When you get a cavity, decay causes a hole to form in the enamel and exposes the inside of the tooth. Anyone with teeth can get cavities, from babies to adults.
Cavities don’t heal on their own. If a cavity isn’t treated, it grows larger and puts the health of your teeth at risk. Cavities can cause toothaches, infection, and even cause you to lose the tooth.
Cavities develop from bacteria and plaque accumulation on teeth. Bacteria in your mouth turns particles from food and drinks you enjoy into acid that eats away at the enamel on your teeth.
Properly cleaning your teeth helps remove bacteria and plaque buildup, but if you don’t brush and floss regularly, plaque can lead to cavities. Snacking often and drinking a lot of sugary beverages can also increase your risk of cavities.
When a cavity first develops, there aren’t many noticeable symptoms. When decay increases, you might notice:
Small cavities are easier to fix, but the first signs of a cavity often go unnoticed. Getting regular dental cleanings can help Dr. Yap identify cavities and fill them early to keep your mouth healthy.
If Dr. Yap identifies a cavity, getting a filling is a simple and routine treatment. He removes the decay in your tooth with a dental drill, applying a local anesthetic if necessary to keep you comfortable.
He fills the hole with a composite resin or other material to stop further decay and protect your tooth. The material is hardened with light or heat, giving you a long-lasting filling and helping your tooth stay intact.
For regular dental cleanings, cavity fillings and more, trust Dr. Yap and his team to take care of you and your family. Call the office or book your appointment online today.