Cavities can occur as a result of poor oral hygiene. Plaque and bacteria can react with the acids in your food to attack your tooth enamel. If a cavity is left unchecked, that decay can reach the dentin and the pulp.
Early symptoms of a cavity can include pain, sensitivity, or changes in the color and texture of the tooth. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should contact your dentist as soon as you can for an appointment. Once your dentist has assessed your problem, he can discuss treatment options with you.
If the the pulp of the tooth has become infected, a root canal may be necessary. If an extreme infection, or an abscess has developed, your tooth may need to be extracted.
Once your procedure is finished and your mouth has fully healed the dentist can help you decide how you would like to restore the tooth. If you have had a root canal, you might require a crown. An extraction may addressed with a bridge or an implant.
If you are in Antioch, California, and you have a tooth that is bothering you, call 925-754-6020 to make an appointment to see Dr. Mark Miller at Miller & Simarro Dental Care