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UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 713-322-8442
MIDTOWN: 281-783-3227

Dental tooth decay or dental cavities

Tooth Decay Removal Procedure

Decay or cavity is a common dental problem that affects the tooth hard tissues (cementum, enamel, and dentin). Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that causes hard tissue destruction, and eventually the loss of the tooth. In fact, is the most common cause of tooth loss!

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Dental tooth decay or dental cavities

Decay or cavity is a common dental problem that affects the tooth hard tissues (cementum, enamel, and dentin). Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that causes hard tissue destruction, and eventually the loss of the tooth. In fact, is the most common cause of tooth loss.

What is tooth decay? This occurs when the tooth hard tissues is destroyed by mouth bacteria. Bacterial plague feeds on sugary food and produce acids that attack the outer surface of the tooth. And over time the hard tissues may break down due to constant acid attacks.


Why do you need tooth decay or cavity removal?

Once the tooth decays, you will need to remove the affected part to avoid further complications. In fact, it should be treated as soon as possible. If left untreated, the dental decay will progress to something worse. Expect the nerves killed and the pulp destroyed and dental pain to start. The tooth will become more sensitive to extreme temperatures. Eating and drinking will become a painful experience. It will be hard to enjoy a meal once the decay becomes complicated. Expect swelling of the gum once the tooth decay reaches pulp. Untreated tooth decay can cause tooth infection and pulp destruction, and you will end up losing the teeth. Actually, root canal procedure or tooth extraction may be required once the tooth is severely damaged. Now you understand why you need to remove tooth decay.

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Who is more susceptible to tooth decay?

We are living in world where sugary foods like cookies and chocolates are the best snacks, making tooth decay a common dental issue among the children and adults. There are some people who are more susceptible to tooth decay removal, especially those who don’t take care of their oral healthy.

For instance, a person who does not brush and floss regularly is more susceptible to tooth decay removal. Brushing and flossing regularly helps to remove plague, and if not removed it can cause the tooth to decay. The plague has bacteria that feed on the food you eat, and acids are formed during the process. The acids are responsible for the hard tissues destruction that results to tooth decay as well as cavity. As you brush, remember to use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride gives the teeth the ability to resist the acid produced by the plague. In fact, using fluoride toothpaste is recommended as one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride can be added on water to protect the teeth against teeth erosion. Actually, most public water supplies add fluoride to protect the residents from numerous dental problems such as teeth discoloration, dental decay, and teeth cavities.

Usually the mouth bacteria feed on cards such as sugar. Eating food with high concentration of sugar and other carbs can cause the production of acids that leads to dental erosion. Thus, a person who likes and eats sugary food is more susceptible to tooth decay removal.

Another person who is more susceptible to decay removal, is one who likes drinking dark drinks such as coffee, red wine, and tea, and smoking tobacco. Dark drinks and tobacco has the potential to stain your teeth. Not only will your teeth be discolored, but also the smoking can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease. Tobacco contains nicotine and tar which makes the teeth to turn yellow or brown. Smoking leads to production of bacterial plague that causes tooth decay and gum disease.

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How do you remove tooth decay?

You can always prevent tooth decay, but once the decay penetrates the hard tissues, a cavity is formed, and the treatment procedure shifts to restoration. If the decay hasn’t affected the pulp, the tooth can be repaired by cleaning the affected part and filling the tiny holes or openings.

First, the dentist will numb the affected area, and using a dental laser system, air-abrasive device or high-speed rotary drill, he will drill and remove the affected hard tissues. The dentist can also use a manual scooping tool or a slower drill to scoop the affected dentin. Once the drilling and scooping is complete, the dentist will shape the hole to enable proper fixing of the filling materials.

When the decay has affected just a small part of the enamel, it becomes very easy to repair. You can use toothpaste or mouth-rinses recommended by your dentist to repair such a tiny spot. In addition, your dentist can use a filling material that contains calcium, phosphate, and fluoride to repair such a small spot. Once the decay reaches the dentin, the repair becomes a bit complex and expensive. The dentist will require resin material or amalgam filling to fill the already drilled hole. The good thing is that one can use tooth-colored filling materials. However, if a large part of the hard tissues has decayed, the dentist may have to use a dental crown. Although dental crowns are a bit expensive than fillings, they do a great job in providing support, strength, and restoring the functions of the teeth.


What are the symptoms of someone who needs a dental cavity fixed?

Tooth decay causes tiny openings on the hard tissues. Several factors contributes to the development of holes in the hard surface of your tooth; they include taking of sugary drinks, eating snacks frequently, mouth bacteria, improper brushing and flossing among others. There several symptoms and signs of tooth decay and varies from one person to another. One of the most common symptoms when it comes to tooth decay is toothache. Other symptoms of someone in need of tooth decay removal include;

  • Swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Stains; if you spot black, brown, grey or white stains on your teeth there is a possibility the teeth have decayed.
  • Tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • Sharp pain when drinking or eating cold, hot or sweet things

Even though tooth decay comes with a number of signs and symptoms, sometimes you may not get any symptom, especially when a cavity is forming. Also the above symptoms does not always signifies tooth decay. Thus, you should visit your dentist regularly for dental check-ups, even when you feel your dental oral health is great.

Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including: Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works). They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude. GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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