Cavities

Aminda Modrell, DDS

Dentist located in Alamo, CA

Getting a filling or root canal might make you nervous, but an untreated cavity can cause much worse pain and seriously affect your oral health. You can trust Aminda Modrell, DDS, in Alamo, California, for comfortable, compassionate treatment of cavities. Using state-of-the-art technology, the expert team of dental professionals can identify cavities before they cause pain and treat all cavities thoroughly and efficiently, so they won’t cause problems in the future. If you think you have a cavity, don’t hesitate to call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Cavities Q & A

Aminda Modrell, DDS

What is a cavity?

Cavities, also known as caries, are holes in your teeth caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria from food, especially sugar, combines with saliva to form a sticky film, known as plaque, on your teeth. Plaque is difficult to remove once it’s formed, and the enamel of your tooth will eventually begin to decay beneath the layer of plaque.

Other factors that contribute to cavities include:

  • Inadequate brushing and flossing
  • Smoking
  • Lack of fluoride
  • Dry mouth
  • Side effects from some medications

Good dental hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and reducing the sugar in your diet are the most important steps you can take to prevent cavities.

What are the symptoms of a cavity?

Early cavities often have no signs or symptoms. When a cavity grows deep enough to reach the root of your tooth, you may have a sudden onset of symptoms. Symptoms of cavities include:

  • Dull pain
  • Throbbing, intense pain
  • Pain when you bite down
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Sensitivity to sugary foods
  • Spots or discoloration of tooth enamel

If you have signs or symptoms of cavities, call the office of Aminda Modrell, DDS. The team will do their best to make sure you are seen as soon as possible.

How are cavities treated?

Treatment depends on how deep the hole caused by decay has grown within your tooth. Tiny cavities, usually discovered during a regular dental checkup, may not require treatment. Some smaller cavities can be covered with a sealant, which doesn’t require anesthesia or drilling.

Larger cavities require drilling to remove the debris from the decay, followed by a filling to seal your tooth and protect it from further harm from bacteria. If your cavity is very deep, and the root of your tooth has become infected, you may need a root canal procedure to thoroughly remove the infected tissue.

If you do need a filling, Dr. Modrell will give you a local anesthetic, and she may also give you nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to make you as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Dr. Modrell will perform your procedure with quick expertise, so you can get back to normal life as fast as possible, free from the pain and worry of cavities.

If you think you may have a cavity, and you have concerns or questions about treatment, contact the office right away, or book an appointment online.