Cavities are some of the most common dental problems that persist in patients of all ages. Here at our 77478 dental office, our dentist sees tooth decay and cavities in patients every day. The main culprits behind cavity development are the various bacteria and other harmful substances within our mouths at any given time. These bacteria, such as tartar and plaque, release acids that eat away at the enamel of our teeth, leaving holes of decay in their wake. Having a cavity simply is no fun. Common symptoms of cavities include painful toothaches, and increased sensitivity in your teeth when drinking or eating especially hot or cold foods and drinks. You may cringe when drinking a cold glass of ice water because that one tooth is so extra sensitive. Sometimes, the holes are actually visible in the tooth if you look closely. If you are ever experiencing these cavity symptoms, you should schedule an appointment at our 77478 dental office as soon as possible. During the appointment, our experts will carefully examine the state of your teeth. We may use x-ray technology to catch any signs of decay we might have missed. We can then recommend treatment based on the extent of the decay. The most common treatment is the use of dental fillings. We may also recommend other treatments like the use of a dental crown. In some cases, if the decay is unable to be remedied, the tooth will need to be extracted and replaced.
In order to prevent cavities, careful dental care is key. You need to be committed to brushing thoroughly often, as well as flossing daily. Using ADA approved oral rinses can also be helpful in fighting bacteria. You should also visit our 77478 dental office for regular dental cleanings with our dentist, because we have the cleaning and techniques to remove stubborn bacteria that brushing and flossing at home cannot do alone. If you are due for a dental cleaning, do not delay in contacting the staff here at our 77478 dental office and scheduling an appointment. We look forward to working with you and hope to see you here soon.