Cavities

Hyun S. Bang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Has it been a while since a dentist evaluated the health of your teeth? Don’t let a cavity cause you discomfort or compromise your oral health. Call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, or schedule your appointment at her dental practice in San Francisco online. During your visit, their dedicated team of oral care specialists can ensure your mouth is free from cavities. Or, if they find one, they can quickly, comfortably fill it to keep your tooth healthy and your mouth pain-free.

Cavities Q & A

What is a cavity?

A cavity occurs when there is permanent damage to the hard surface of your tooth. If left unaddressed, that damage can spread, causing mouth pain and, eventually, tooth loss. A cavity can occur on any tooth and at any age.

What causes cavities?

The main cause of cavities is improper tooth care over time, which eventually causes decay. Whenever you eat or drink, remnants of whatever you consumed stay behind on your teeth, and the bacteria in your mouth turn those remnants to acid.

Those acids combine with other food debris and your saliva to form plaque. Over time, the acids in the plaque eat away at your teeth and dissolve your enamel, the hard outer layer of your tooth that’s designed to protect it.

That’s why proper oral care — including regular brushing and flossing — is so important. When you regularly clean your mouth, you remove the food debris that causes plaque buildup.

Similarly, regular cleanings at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, are key in clearing away any plaque that does exist on your teeth to protect them long-term.

How do I know if I have a cavity?

Once a cavity progresses far enough, it results in mouth pain. Some of the most common symptoms of cavities include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Toothache
  • Pain when biting
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks
  • Staining on your teeth that looks brown, black, or white

That said, not all cavities have symptoms. In fact, most of these symptoms don’t occur until the cavity has eaten through your enamel and reached the more sensitive inner parts of your teeth.

The tooth care specialists at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, check your teeth for cavities every time you visit so they can catch tooth decay early when it’s easiest to stop.

How is a cavity treated?

If you do have a cavity, don’t worry. Treating it is simple, especially if it was caught early. To treat your cavity, the Hyun S. Bang, DDS, team removes the damaged portion of your tooth.

Then, they fill it to restore the shape of your tooth and seal the tooth against further damage. Multiple filling options are available and they help you choose the right one for you.

Don’t let cavities compromise your oral health. For effective cavity prevention and treatment, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, or schedule your visit online.