Tooth decay impacts people of all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens and adults. Without treatment, cavities could lead to serious discomfort and a higher risk of developing a dental infection. In order to help stop cavities for patients in Dallas, TX, we may suggest a unique treatment option: silver diamine fluoride (SDF).
What Causes a Cavity?
Our outer enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, coating the teeth and protecting the sensitive layers of dentin and the inner pulp. However, should the outer enamel erode due to poor oral hygiene or should an injury chip or fracture a tooth, then bacteria simply move past this outer layer and into the dentin. A cavity then forms, which will continue to grow more severe until the bacteria comes into contact with the pulp. At this point, an infection could occur. Patients with tooth decay may notice their teeth feel sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks, or that a serious toothache has formed. Don’t ignore any pain, see us right away to discuss treatment options to stop the progression of decay or to remove it.
If we find a developing cavity, then we may apply silver diamine fluoride to the tooth. We coat the tooth with a varnish, which stops the cavity from progressing any further. The decayed portion will turn black as a result of the treatment, so we may reserve this treatment for the side and rear teeth. This unique treatment option has been available in Europe and Japan for decades, and we’re proud to be able to offer SDF to our patients in Dallas and Richardson, TX. SDF helps patients of all ages, providing young children and seniors a comfortable and non-invasive way to stop cavities and delay the need for dental fillings or other restorative procedures.
Fillings and Prevention
If you have a cavity that cannot be stopped with silver diamine fluoride, then we may place a filling. The procedure involves removing the decay, cleaning the tooth, and applying a metal-free composite resin. We shade the material to match your tooth, ensuring a lifelike restoration that only takes one visit to complete.
To avoid cavities, be sure you see us every six months so we can monitor your teeth and clean them. You also need to brush your teeth daily and floss every night. Cutting back on sugary food and drinks also helps your smile as well.
Do You Have a Cavity?
We want to help you enjoy a healthy smile, one free of cavities and other serious oral health issues. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).