If you get a pain in your tooth when you eat something sweet, you may have a dental cavity. This is just one of the signs that you have dental decay in your mouth. If you have a dental cavity, it will never go away by itself. The best thing to do when you suspect that you have a cavity is to make an appointment to come in and see our dentist for Albany dental care.
At our dental practice, Dr. Geoffrey Edmunds, our patients are expertly treated for dental cavities while they remain in total comfort. Dental cavities can be caused by many different factors. Children are very prone to getting a lot of dental cavities because they do not brush their teeth well, and they like to eat a lot of sweets. In addition, children’s teeth often have pits and grooves in them which create great hiding places for plaque and bacteria. Plaque, tarter, and bacteria, will mix with carbs and saliva to form a type of acid. This acid will eat through your teeth and cause dental decay. When patients come to us for Albany dental care for cavities, our dentist, Dr. Geoffrey B. Edmunds, is able to offer two different types of filling materials. Tooth-colored composite filling materials are very aesthetically pleasing and are generally used for cavities in the front teeth. Traditional silver amalgam fillings are very strong and able to withstand vigorous chewing forces. Our dentist will be able to make a recommendation about which type of dental filling will work the best after he has had a chance to assess the location and size of a cavity.
We are happy to offer several different treatments which can help reduce your chances of getting cavities. Of course, the number one defense against cavities is to make sure that your teeth stay clean, and free of plaque and tartar. It is recommended that all patients come into our dental practice for teeth cleaning every six months, or more often in some cases. We also offer fluoride treatments which will help strengthen the tooth enamel. This means that even if harmful acid tries to erode your tooth enamel, the tooth enamel will be harder and able to better keep the acid from eating through it. We also offer dental sealants for children to help protect the flat chewing surfaces of their back molars. Dental sealants are offered as part of our Albany dental care for children, and can easily be applied during your child’s dental visit. The teeth are thoroughly cleaned and dried before the dental sealants are painted on. These sealants will act as a barrier between the teeth and any harmful substances.