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Tooth decay is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can be confusing and even overwhelming for many people in the world today. This often results in not knowing much about cavities in the first place. So, if you have questions or if you would like to learn more about tooth decay in New London, Connecticut, our dentist, Dr. Paul Hanna, is happy to help you by answering commonly asked questions.

What causes a cavity?

A cavity is usually caused by plaque, which is a white, sticky film that is difficult to see. The plaque forms when cavity-causing bacteria take the sugar and carbohydrates you consume and turn them into acid plaque. The plaque sticks to the teeth and wears down the enamel, causing a cavity.

What are the ways to treat a cavity?

Your dentist will first see if it’s treatable with a dental filling, which is the treatment that can help if the cavity is small. If not, he will see if it’s treatable with a dental crown, which is the treatment that can help if the cavity is more complex. If not, he will see if it’s treatable with a root canal treatment, which is the treatment that can help if the cavity reached the internal structures, like the dental pulp. If not, he will most likely need to perform a tooth extraction, which is the treatment needed if the tooth is too severely damaged to be saved.

What happens if I don’t get a cavity treated quickly?

If you don’t treat a cavity quickly, the cavity could grow and spread, compromising more and more of the tooth. As the cavity does this, more invasive treatments are needed, like mentioned in the answer for the second question. The more your cavity grows, the more pain you will feel. As you already know, an ignored cavity can lead to tooth extraction. If the cavity is between two teeth, it can also compromise more than one tooth.

For more information and details, please remember that our dental team at Paul Hanna, DMD PC is more than happy to help you in any way we can. So, please don’t hesitate to call 860-442-3323. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can!