Barataria Dental is a family dentist office in New Orleans. We offer complete care for children as well as adults. Our main concern is preventing tooth decay. Our dentists recommend that you visit the dentist at least every six months for routine examination and professional teeth cleaning.
What Causes Tooth Cavities
Plaque is a sticky substance that is constantly forming in the mouth. It builds up along teeth, between teeth and around the gums. Bacteria in plaque become activated by sugar and starch in the food we eat. The bacteria produces acid which erode tooth enamel and can lead to the formation of a tooth cavity.
Daily brushing and flossing is essential to reducing plaque and bacteria in the mouth and therefore preventing cavities. It is also important to limit snacking between meals, avoid sodas and candy, and drink plenty of water.
Tooth Cavity Symptoms
The dentist is able to identify early signs of tooth decay before most patients experience any physical symptoms, so it is important to maintain regular dental check-ups. There are some signs that could indicate tooth decay including:
- White spots on teeth
- Dark or dull teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Visible holes in teeth
Tooth Cavity Treatment
Our dentists can prevent tooth cavities with professional cleaning and sealants, which are plastic coverings that protect teeth. If you already have signs of tooth decay, the dentist may recommend the following treatment:
- Composite Dental Fillings: Composite dental fillings are placed in a single visit, used to treat minor tooth cavities.
- Porcelain or Gold Fillings: If the tooth decay is more extensive, Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill may use an indirect restoration such as a gold or ceramic filling to protect the tooth.
- Root Canal: When tooth decay progresses to the root of the tooth, it can cause extreme pain. A root canal procedure will eliminate infection from inside the tooth and restore the tooth using a dental crown to prevent future problems.