Cavities are tooth decay caused by a build-up of plaque. The most common cause is our lifestyle: what we eat and drink and our oral habits. Still, even the most avid brusher and flosser can experience dental cavities. Dr. Prendergast screens for the early signs of tooth decay during routine preventive care visits and offers treatment for tooth decay including white fillings.
It is important to visit our Fox Lake dental office at least twice a year for routine dental care and screenings. We can often diagnose a cavity before you experience symptoms and provide proactive treatment to avoid further damage to a tooth. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment right away.
What are the common signs of tooth decay?
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Pain or sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages
- Holes in the teeth
- Pus around teeth and gums
Treatment for Tooth Cavities
If left untreated, dental caries (tooth cavities) will eventually destroy the roots and nerves of your tooth. The only treatment for a destroyed root is a root canal, so it is important to treat dental cavities early. A dental filling is the most common form of treatment for a tooth cavity. Fillings are natural looking and provide long-lasting treatment for cavities.
Another option is the placement of a dental crown. Dental crowns cover the teeth like a cap and may be recommended for a tooth that has significant decay. Porcelain dental crowns are extremely natural looking and are cared for the same way as natural teeth. Dr. Prendergast also places partial crowns, or inlays and onlays for tooth cavities and damage to the larger back teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
If you believe you have a tooth cavity or have not been to a dentist in the last 6 months, call Infinity Dental of Fox Lake or click here to schedule a consultation. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate dentistry to restore your oral health. Enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile.