One of the most common dental concerns people deal with every day is tooth cavities and tooth decay. In an effort to establish good oral habits, dentists start teaching children about brushing and flossing from a very young age, but sometimes cavities form all the same, which is why you need the professional dental services of Moradi Signature Smiles. Our friendly and experienced team offers a wide variety of general dentistry services that will not only repair the damage done by tooth cavities, but also help you prevent further tooth decay.
Teeth are composed of three layers: the outer enamel, underlying dentin, and nerve-rich pulp at the center. As each day passes, the enamel is exposed to bacteria in your mouth along with the food you eat. When the sugars from foods like bread or sweets mix with the bacteria, they turn acidic and start to erode tooth enamel. Regular brushing and flossing minimize damage, but if the acid is left unchecked, it will weaken the enamel and create small holes, or tooth cavities. Though tooth cavities, also known as dental caries, are irreversible, they can be filled to prevent further damage to the affected tooth
Some symptoms of tooth decay may include:
Early stages of tooth decay may not come with noticeable symptoms, which is why it is so important to schedule regular dental checkups with Moradi Signature Smiles. During your examination, the dentist will probe each tooth for soft spots and take x-rays of your teeth and gums to see the underlying structures. If a tooth cavity is present, the dentist can show you exactly which tooth is affected on your x-ray.
At Moradi Signature smiles, we offer a wide range of treatment options if you are dealing with tooth decay. Cosmetic tooth-colored fillings are the most common treatment option for teeth in the early stages of tooth decay, while larger cavities may require partial or full porcelain crowns. In cases of severe tooth damage, a root canal followed by a crown is the best way to save the tooth and prevent infection. No matter the extent of your tooth decay, we will take the time to sit down with you and discuss all of your options so you can make an informed decision regarding your dental care.
As the saying goes, the best offense is a good defense, so stop tooth cavities from forming in the first place by adopting a good oral hygiene plan. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist at Moradi Signature Smiles every 3 to 6 months for routine checkups. Try limiting your intake of sugary or acidic food and avoid snacking between meals when possible. Incorporating more calcium-rich foods and fibrous fruits and vegetables into your diet may also help fight tooth decay.
For healthier teeth and gums, please call (408) 539-3003 to schedule an appointment!