You’ve probably been told by your Vienna, MO dentist that brushing and flossing your teeth regularly will prevent cavities, and knowing what a cavity is and how it forms will help. Cavities are formed when bacteria in your mouth convert carbohydrates into acid. It is this acid that eats away at the enamel in your teeth until a cavity is formed. There is no shame in having cavities in your teeth — approximately 92 percent of everyone between the ages of 20 and 64 have some — but you should contact Barnhart Dental to have your cavities treated since they can cause more serious problems down the line.
How Your Vienna, MO Dental Team Treats Cavities
If you have a small cavity, your Vienna dental team will remove the decayed part of the tooth, usually a conservative amount with a small drill and local anesthetic, and place a filling in the cavity. If a more significant part of the tooth has been eaten away, a cap or crown may need to be put into place. You might also require a root canal if the decay has infected the pulp of a tooth. Dr. Joseph and Dr. John Barnhart and their team can perform all of these routine procedures and help restore your teeth to their optimal health.