It’s been estimated that as many as 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least one cavity in their teeth. These cavities are formed when bacteria feeds on carbohydrates from food that wasn’t brushed or rinsed away and forms acid. This acid mixes with the bacteria to form plaque, which in turn eats away at the enamel on your teeth until a cavity is formed.
While you can avoid cavities by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, your OKC dentist can treat cavities and tooth decay before it gets too out of hand. Small cavities can be filled if the decayed part of the tooth is drilled away, while larger cavities might require a cap or a crown to restore the proper size and shape of the tooth. If the decay has spread into the pulp of the tooth, a root canal might be needed to remove the infected pulp. Our Oklahoma City dental team can perform all of these procedures and help restore your teeth to their proper health.
For more information about how to prevent cavities or to find out if your own cavities need to be filled, contact Dr. Tim Brooks and his Oklahoma City dental team today. We will be happy to answer any questions that you might have and help you schedule an appointment.