A hole in your tooth can lead to a painful cavity. When you don’t practice good daily dental hygiene and see your family dentist in Brooklyn for professional cleanings on a regular basis, you may begin to develop a tiny hole. Eventually, it grows into a cavity. Save your health, time, and money by taking care to prevent cavities. Our dentistry center located in Brooklyn, NY offers tooth cavity treatment to repair your smile. Decay, indirectly caused by food left between teeth, eats away at your enamel, creating a hole in a tooth. You can’t cure decay, but you can prevent it with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to your dentist.
A cavity that’s caused by tooth decay is sometimes referred to as a hole in a tooth. A hole in one of your teeth also can be caused by:
- Losing a previous filling
- A cracked or broken tooth from an accident
- Grinding your teeth
- Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia
Most of the time it’s a build-up of plaque that creates a tiny hole in a tooth. Eventually, it leads to a larger hole that causes you pain. Plaque is bacteria in your mouth that leaves a thin film on your teeth. It’s full of bacteria that create acid, which eats away at the tough outer layer of your teeth- the enamel.
The Life of a Cavity
The top of your teeth have tiny crevices and pits where plaque and other bacteria can settle. Harder-to-reach areas around your gum line and between teeth are other great hiding places for plaque. In these dark places plaque seeps into the enamel and creates a cavity.
When you get these holes or cavities, your teeth are more susceptible to infection.
Untreated, tooth decay can lead to tooth loss, bone infections and periodontal disease. The best way to prevent even a tiny hole is to practice good daily oral hygiene and visit your Brooklyn dentist every six months for a professional cleaning.
How Cavities Lead to a Hole in a Tooth
Your mouth is designed to manage the bacteria that typically fill it. Bacteria are essential to break down food into the nutrients that your body can then process. But not all the bacteria get used up. The remaining bacteria settle in those crevices and cracks. This all creates an environment in which the acidic plaque attacks your teeth.
During the process of breaking down your tooth enamel, a few things happen:
- Your enamel first wears away, forming a tiny hole in a tooth that you can’t even see.
- Acidic plaque turns into tartar, which is a much tougher substance that only your dentist can remove.
- Decay speeds up as more bacteria and plaque build-up.
- The first signs of decay usually are white spots.
- Enamel weakening continues and finally breaks down, causing a much larger hole that becomes a painful cavity.
- The inner, softer part of your tooth, called the dentin, is now under attack.
- When tooth pulp is breached, the nerves and blood supply to your tooth react with pain and throbbing.
The Main Causes of Tooth Decay
Even when you practice regular brushing and flossing and see your dentist twice a year, other things can conspire to cause a hole in a tooth to occur:
- Genetics play a role in tooth decay. If your parents were cavity-prone, you may be too.
- A diet high in starch and sugar can promote tooth decay.
- Snacking leads to more cavities, especially when you don’t clean your teeth after every time you indulge.
- Soda and other drinks are loaded with sugar. When you consume them all day long, they coat your teeth with sugar, which encourages bacteria to grow.
Treating a Hole in a Tooth
The type of treatment you need depends on where the cavity is located, how deep the hole extends, and how large it’s grown. The first step is to remove any decay. Then your dentist fills the hole with porcelain, gold, silver, or composite resin. The most popular fillings are tooth-colored, so they don’t stand out.
You may need to have the root removed, after which your tooth is covered with a crown. Because your family dentist is also a cosmetic dentist, you can count on getting the best options so your health and your appearance are preserved.
Prevent a Tiny Hole in a Tooth
Daily oral health care and regular dental visits are the best preventative steps to avoid cavities. Drinking water is another helpful thing you can do. Other steps to prevent cavities include:
- Eating a healthy diet high in leafy greens, fiber, and vegetables
- Brushing with fluoride toothpaste recommended by your Brooklyn, NY dentist
- Flossing after every meal, or at the end of every day
- Buying a new toothbrush every three months
- Getting your teeth sealed (especially effective for your kids)
- Allowing your dentist to provide you with fluoride treatments
- Using a daily mouthwash that also gives you an extra boost of fluoride
What if you leave a hole in your tooth?
When you have a hole in your tooth, bacteria penetrate deeper into the hole. This makes the hole larger. The cavity could grow large enough to crack your tooth. Once it reaches the nerve you will experience pain. If you leave it you may need a root canal.
What to do if there’s a hole in your tooth?
When you have a cavity you can get a filling or a crown. A filling closes up the hole preventing more bacteria at eating away at your tooth. If your tooth is severely damaged a crown can be placed over the existing tooth to protect it.
How to temporarily fill a hole in your tooth?
If you need to temporarily fix a tooth your local pharmacy may have some solutions. These include temporary fillings of DenTex. You can also call your emergency dentist for a filling now. Our dental clinic offers emergency services so call us now.
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