Dr. Melissa Elliott treats patients of all ages at her Bel Air, MD dentist office who have a tooth cavity. A tooth cavity (tooth decay or dental caries) is an unfortunate dental problem especially prevalent among children and adolescents. A cavity is commonly caused by plaque that is built up on the teeth.
When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it activates bacteria in plaque, causing it to attack and erode tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, it leaves the tooth susceptible to the formation of dental caries.
Tooth Cavity Symptoms
Tooth cavity symptoms vary from one patient to another. Often, no tooth cavity symptoms are present in patients with early signs of tooth cavity formation. Dr. Elliott is likely to see signs of early tooth decay during a routine visit to her Bel Air, MD dentist office. She can help to prevent the cavity from forming or getting worse.
As the tooth cavity gets larger, you may experience symptoms including:
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Pain when eating hot or cold foods and beverages
- Visible holes in teeth
- Pus around the tooth and gums
Treatment for a Tooth Cavity in Bel Air, MD
Harford County Dentistry, a Bel Air, MD restorative dentistry office, offers a range of dentistry treatments to treat any stage of a tooth cavity. Dental fillings are often used to treat teeth with early stages of tooth decay. Dr. Elliott only uses tooth colored, cosmetic dental fillings.
These white dental fillings blend seamlessly with your smile and are durable, attractive and highly compatible. For teeth with larger cavities, she may recommend a type of porcelain restoration such as an inlay, onlay or dental crown. If you have a sever toothache, you may require a root canal, which will remove the diseased tissue inside the tooth.
It is important to visit our dentist office at least twice a year so that Dr. Elliott can screen for cavities. When detected in the early stages, treatment is more conservative. Without treatment, cavities will get larger and affect deeper layers of the tooth. Once this happens, you may need a more invasive treatment including a root canal or even an extraction.
Tooth Decay in Children
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America. Half of all first-graders and more than 80% of 17-year-olds have tooth cavities. Pediatric dentistry is extremely important to help children and adolescents establish a healthy and regular dental routine.
As a family dentist practice, Harford County Dentistry provides comprehensive treatment for children who may get a tooth cavity. To help your child avoid cavities, we recommend limiting surgery foods and drinks and establishing good daily oral hygiene routines. You should help your child brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. And most importantly, schedule dentist appointments every six months where Dr. Elliott can screen for cavities.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Contact Harford County Dentistry for a teeth cleaning and tooth cavity screening. We offer many treatments for a tooth cavity in Bel Air, MD and Fallston, MD. Our dentist office is conveniently located at 1810 Bel Air Road in Fallston, Maryland. Call 410-994-2627 for an appointment or more information or request an appointment online.