While cavities are most common in children, they can be a problem for adults as well. Cavities form as tooth enamel wears away due to a build up of plaque and bacteria. There are many ways to prevent cavities from forming, including:

  • Regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning
  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing once a day
  • Eating a healthy diet, limiting sugary snacks and sodas

Tooth Cavity Symptoms

A dentist can identify cavities usually before you experience symptoms, so it is important to maintain regular dental check-ups. Common symptoms may include:

  • Toothache or tooth pain
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Holes in the teeth
  • Sore gums or bleeding gums

Adult patients can have tooth decay problems, especially around the margins of crowns, fillings, and other restorations. Tooth root decay can be a problem for people who have receding gums.

Treatment For Tooth Cavities

If you do have a tooth cavity or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat may recommend a number of general dentistry treatments depending on the severity of your situation. The primary goal is to restore the tooth to proper health and minimize the risk of further decay.

Treatment for tooth cavities often involves a dental filling. Your dentist may either use a composite resin dental filling, porcelain filling or gold filling. In other cases, the tooth may require a dental crown to restore stability and function.

Schedule an Appointment

The best way to prevent tooth cavities is through regular visits to the dentist. Schedule an appointment with the dentists at Valley Dental Health near Hunt Valley, Sparks & Phoenix MD. Call 410.449.2880 or request an appointment online.