Cavity

Bar and Smith Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 91% of United States adults aged 20-64 have dental cavities. If left untreated, your cavity can lead to an infection in your tooth requiring a root canal or extraction. At Bar and Smith Dental in the Upper East Side of New York City, Isaac Bar, DMD, and Tyler Smith, DMD, aim to educate their patients on how to prevent getting cavities and help them get rid of the ones they have. To figure out if you have a cavity, call the office or book your appointment online.

Cavity Q & A

What is a cavity?

A cavity forms when you have enough plaque and tartar buildup, which causes your tooth to break down or decay. Plaque forms due to a combination of bacteria, saliva, food, and acid in your mouth. Once the plaque sticks to your teeth, it builds up, and the acid in the plaque attacks the enamel of your teeth. The end result is a hole in your tooth, which grows bigger and deeper over time.

How can I tell I have a cavity?

It’s important for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cavities, which include:

  • Pain when you bite down
  • Holes in your teeth
  • Toothaches
  • Unusual sensitivity to hot or cold drinks
  • Brown or black staining on your tooth’s surface

Because of the number of people with cavities, it’s important to understand how to prevent cavities. Bar and Smith Dental recommends you follow these guidelines.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss and use mouthwash at least once a day
  • Limit your intake of sugary and acidic drinks
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months

Cavities aren’t always visible since they can occur in-between your teeth. Knowing this, the Bar and Smith Dental team highly suggest you visit the office at least twice a year for a dental exam so they can assure you there aren’t any cavities forming.

How are cavities treated?

Bar and Smith Dental treats cavities in two ways. The first option is using composite fillings. If you have light to moderate tooth decay, your dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth and fills it with an aesthetically pleasing composite filling. Because the filling matches the natural color of your teeth, people won’t notice it.

If your cavity goes untreated, it can damage the lowermost chamber of your tooth called the dental pulp. This area is highly important because it has nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. At this point, you need the second option for treating cavities: A root canal to save your tooth.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of having a cavity, it’s important you call Bar and Smith Dental today or schedule your appointment online.