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Cavity FAQ

What Is A Cavity?

A cavity is a sign of decay in your tooth. The decay can range in severity, from just a small chip in the enamel of the tooth, to an actual hole in the tooth due to the decay.

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What Causes a Cavity?

Cavities occur because of bacteria in your mouth, which feed on the food particles on your teeth. As a by-product of this process, the bacteria produce an acid that eats at the enamel on your teeth, making the underlying dentin, pulp and tooth nerve vulnerable to decay. Though your teeth have a natural ability to repair tooth enamel over time, the rate of destruction by acid can outpace the rate of repair.

Can You Repair a Cavity?

Yes. To repair a cavity, Dr. Davidowitz will drill the tooth to clear out the decayed dental tissue, then fill the cavity with a strong material such as silver alloy, gold, porcelain or resin. In more severe cases, you may need either a crown to cover your tooth after the diseased portion has been removed, or possibly even a root canal treatment, in which the diseased root and nerve are cleaned or removed.

Is it Painful to Repair a Cavity?

Many dental fillings are carried out using a local anesthetic to reduce sensitivity and discomfort. It is not unusual for a tooth to be sensitive for a day or two after it has been filled. The deeper the filling, the more likely the tooth will have prolonged sensitivity to cold food or beverages. However, most fillings should be completely back to a normal comfort level within a couple weeks.

Can I Prevent Tooth Decay?

Yes. As cavities are a common dental problem for many people, a lot is known about them, how and why they occur, and thus how best to prevent them. Cavities can occur from a combination of factors, including what kinds of food and beverages you consume, how well you manage and clean your teeth on a daily basis, and how often you visit the dentist for deeper routine dental cleanings and exams. According to Drs. Davidowitz in their years of dental experience, ensuring optimal habits related to these factors can help you prevent cavities.

What Can I Do to Prevent Cavities?

To help prevent cavities from occurring, patients can take a number of precautionary steps that will help maintain the strength and health of their teeth and gums. These include regular oral hygiene, such as toothbrushing, flossing and mouth rinsing; regular dental exams at a state-of-the-art dentistry clinic like Luxury Dentistry in New York City; and a healthy, low-sugar diet. See Cavity Prevention for more steps on how to prevent cavities (INSERT LINK FOR CAVITY PREVENTION PAGE).

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