Cavities and Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay Leads to Cavities

Routine checkups can help prevent Cavities. Affordable dental care at Oxnard Dentist Carson & Carson, DDS.Tooth decay affects billions of people worldwide and is one of the most common health issues seen in modern healthcare. Cavities are permanent damage to the tissue of a tooth and are the direct result of untreated tooth decay or attrition. A dental cavity can form along any surface of the tooth where plaque is able to attach. Tooth decay can affect anyone, but it is more common to see in individuals who: don’t visit the dentist regularly, consume a lot of sugary foods, or have bad oral hygiene habits.

With the proper care for your oral hygiene, tooth decay and cavities are avoidable, common dental problems. Other than visiting the dentist, maintaining a clean oral hygiene is the best defense against tooth decay. Good oral hygiene habits can include activities such as:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Utilizing fluoride based toothpaste to strengthen the enamel layer of teeth.
  • Limiting the consumption of sugary foods. Sugar can stimulate the production of enamel decaying acid from any plaque on your teeth.
  • Visiting your dentist regularly for X-Rays and routine cleanings that can discover cavities hidden between your teeth.
  • Stained teeth discoloration. Any surface of a tooth that is abnormally black, white, or brown could be a sign of a cavity in a tooth.

Although it is more common among children, individuals of all ages can experience tooth decay that can cause cavities and serious damage to your teeth. In older individuals, the gums can recede to a point where the more vulnerable root of the tooth can be exposed, plaque can attach, and a cavity may form. Older dental fillings can also be a prime place for bacteria to slip inside the cracks of a tooth and form a cavity.

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Large Cavities or Dental Caries

If cavities or dental caries form in a tooth and are allowed to grow the point of reaching the tooth’s pulpy nerve, it can be extremely painful and often requires immediate treatment to relieve the pain. Dental caries that are early in their development may not be painful at all, making them harder to discover without a dental examination or X-ray, but the tooth may be more sensitive to hot or cold food & are typically more vulnerable to fracture. The typical treatment for a severe cavity is a root canal or extraction of the affected tooth if the decay is too widespread to save the tooth. Visiting your dentist often and maintaining a rigorous dental hygiene routine are the best defense against the formation of large cavities. Schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning or examination today at Carson & Carson, DDS.

Dental Filling before and After

Symptoms of a Cavity

Avoid sugary foods and drinks, coffee, and smoking for a better chance of dodging cavities and tooth decay. Get Cavities filled at Oxnard Dentist Carson & Carson, DDS.The symptoms can vary for each cavity depending on the location along a tooth and the severity of tooth decay. A cavity can be a blatantly large hole in your tooth that is accompanied by intense pain, or an discreet hole hidden in between the spaces of your teeth that is pain free. Most individuals experience the symptoms of a cavity when it has reached a sufficient size within the tooth. These symptoms can include:

  • Mild or Severe toothache that does not subside and does not have an apparent cause such as a dental infection or impact to your teeth.
  • Sensitivity or pain in a tooth when exposed to hot, cold, or sweet food or water.
  • Visible holes or pits can be seen in teeth.

If you’re experiencing the uncomfortable toothache pain from a cavity, then call us to get immediate treatment (805)-983-0717. Carson & Carson, DDS is available 24 hours a day for emergency dental treatment in Oxnard, California.

Treatment of Cavities & Tooth Decay

Cavity before and after. Reverse the damages of tooth decay at Oxnard Dentist Carson & Carson, DDS.

In most cases, the removal of a cavity can be easily done by an experienced dentist. The type treatment used for the cavity depends on how severe the level of tooth decay is, but it can range from simple fillings to crowns, or even require root canal treatment. If you are suffering from toothache pain, and you need emergency dental treatment for a non-life threatening dental injury, call us immediately at (805)-983-0717. Administering of a local anesthetic is commonly used before the treatment of treat tooth decay, but we also offer sleep sedation dentistry through IV or IM Sedation, so you can sleep right through your dental treatment at Carson & Carson, DDS.

Fillings are used in minor cases of tooth decay where a small cavity has formed. The decayed portion of the tooth is first removed with a drill, and then the cavity can be filled in with a porcelain or composite resin filling that matches your tooth color.  Different dentists use different types of filling materials, the most common types are: porcelain, composite resin, gold, silver alloy, or amalgam fillings which are mercury based. All of these types of filling materials have been deemed as safe for use and are approved by the American Dental Association.

Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Although there are many symptoms of having a cavity, these symptoms may not always show, and it may not always be possible to know that a cavity is forming without the professional help of a dentist. Without routine visits to your local dental office, a cavity can grow to the point where a root canal or removal of the tooth may be necessary. Untreated tooth decay can lead to discomfort, pain, and a hefty cost for what is otherwise a preventable issue.

Don’t allow your teeth to decay! At Carson & Carson, our dentist have over 45 years of experience providing dental care to Oxnard and Ventura County.At Carson & Carson, DDS, our dentists have over 45 years of experience providing excellent quality dental care in Oxnard, and we can help you identify your teeth that may be vulnerable to tooth decay and the formation of cavities. Protect the investment of your bright smile and call for an appointment today (805)-983-0717.

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Lamont Yvon
22:50 15 Mar 18
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
Ana Castellanos
04:37 06 Aug 22
Excellent service. Dr. Derek was the only emergency oral surgeon to respond, everything was done so fast and without pain. Highly recommended, Carmen is his amazing front office manager, she is highly professional and knowledgeable. I had very painful broken wisdom tooth removed. I can honestly say I have waited longer at the Starbucks Drive thru. Thank you!!!
Laura Lassiter
18:32 15 Mar 18
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!