South High Dental Cavities and Tooth Decay Columbus, OH

CAVITIES and TOOTH DECAY

What are cavities and tooth decay?

Tooth decay is the process of a tooth’s mineral content being dissolved. A cavity, or caries, is the actual hole in the tooth that is caused by the decay from the foods we eat reacting with the bacteria in our mouth to form acids that can eat away and decay the hard tissue of our teeth.

Cavities and Tooth Decay

Do I have a cavity?

If you experience pain when eating something cold or sweet, and the pain goes away fairly quickly, you may have a cavity. If it is a cavity, the sooner you get it taken care of, the less severe the damage will be. A toothache that is not sensitive to cold may have another cause. See us at South High Dental for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What causes tooth decay?

The foods we eat react with the bacteria in our mouth to form acids that can eat away and decay the hard tissue of our teeth. Plaque is the bacteria most responsible for tooth decay.

What will South High Dental do to fix my cavity?

Simple cavities are treated with a filling.

We will use a drill or dental instrument to remove the decayed tooth tissue, and replace that removed tooth structure with a filling. The filling will either be a metal amalgam, or will be a tooth-colored composite. Some cavities are too large for a filling. If the damage is very extensive, and too much of the tooth tissue has decayed, our dentists at South High Dental may recommend a dental crown. If the cavity has been left untreated, and the tooth has become infected, this serious condition is called an abscess, which might require a root canal. The sooner you have your tooth examined, the more options your dentist will have to preserve your natural tooth.

How can I prevent cavities?

The best prevention is to floss and brush your teeth twice a day, especially after meals or snacks. Brushing helps remove plaque, the bacteria that forms on teeth, which is the major cause of tooth decay. Dental floss can get into the spaces between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Why should I take care of a toothache?

First, a toothache could be a sign of a non-dental problem, and not a problem with the tooth itself. If the problem is with the tooth, early treatment is important, because we want you to keep as much original tooth structure as possible. An early cavity can be filled before the tooth abscesses and needs a root canal. An early abscess can be treated with a root canal, instead of tooth extraction. A tooth that is too far damaged and infected may have to be extracted to prevent further damage to the mouth, and extraction is always our last resort.

Why choose South High Dental in Columbus, OH for your dental services needs?

With years of experience creating healthy smiles with dental services, our team at South High Dental uses the latest in dentistry so you can get the smile you want and need. Call us at 610-922-8952 or contact us to make an appointment to treat any dental problems such as cavities and tooth decay. At South High Dental in Columbus, OH we are happy to provide our dental services to our neighboring communities including Obetz, Grove City, Groveport, South-South High St., Ashville, Circleville, and surrounding areas in Ohio. We offer flexible hours and most insurances covers our treatments such as:

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South High Dental Scaling Columbus, OH

SCALING

What is scaling?

Plaque that remains on teeth eventually hardens into tartar, which is virtually impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. Scaling is the deep-cleaning procedure your dentist or the hygienist here at South High Dental uses to scrape the tartar off your teeth at and below the gumline.

It is important to remove tartar because tartar makes teeth even more susceptible to tooth decay. Tartar also causes gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. Scaling is the process of actually scraping the teeth with dental instruments, or the use of an ultrasonic machine that aids in the process.

Scaling

What’s the difference between cleaning and scaling?

Regular cleaning remove the sticky plaque above the gumline, while scaling removes the hardened plaque, or tartar, at and below the gumline.

What can I expect from a scaling procedure?

One of our dentists may use an ultrasonic machine to assist in this process, but most likely, they or a hygienist will use metal dental instruments to scrape the tartar off teeth under the gumline. In order to make you as comfortable as possible, we will first make sure that your gums have been sufficiently numbed with anesthetics.

For many people, the anesthetics are sufficient, but if you are particularly uncomfortable with this procedure, ask us if some type of sedation would be appropriate. The scaling is usually followed by a process called planing, which smoothes any roughness from the surface of the tooth. After scaling and planing, teeth are more resistant to plaque, and gums can return to their normal pink, healthy state. But, proper dental hygiene is important to keep the teeth and gums healthy, otherwise the tartar and gingivitis are likely to return.

Why would I need scaling?

Scaling may be needed if one of our dentists or a hygienist observed tartar on your teeth and the condition of your gums during the exam or the cleaning. If you have bleeding gums or other signs of gum inflammation, or gingivitis, the most likely cause is tartar buildup at and below the gumline.

Once the scaling and planing are finished, your gums will heal in against smooth teeth in an area that has been cleaned of bacteria, plaque and tartar. If the scaling is not done, the gingivitis could worsen into serious gum disease called periodontitis, and the tartar will contribute to tooth decay.

What are the benefits of scaling?

Removal of tartar, or calculus, will reduce tooth decay. Scaling can also reverse gingivitis before it becomes a more serious form of gum disease. The benefits of scaling, however, only last as long as the calculus remains off the teeth. Some patients will need periodic scaling if they are prone to tartar buildup, or they don’t practice proper oral hygiene. 

Why choose South High Dental in Columbus, OH for your dental services needs?

With years of experience administrating treatments such as scaling, our team at South High Dental uses the latest in advance dentistry so you can get the mouth you want and need. Call us at 610-922-8952 or contact us to make an appointment for dental treatments. At South High Dental in Columbus, OH we are happy to provide our dental services to our neighboring areas including Obetz, Grove City, Groveport, South-South High St., Ashville, Circleville, and surrounding areas in Ohio. We offer flexible hours and most insurances covers our treatments such as:

Want a better smile?