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How Do Cavities Form?

Dental Cavities Treatment Jefferson City

Dentistry has come a long way in just the past few years, particularly in how it is perceived by the public at large. Whereas most people used to dread going to the dentist, many now think of modern dentistry in terms of smile makeovers and pain-free, spa-like experiences. What a difference a couple of decades can make.

Nevertheless, general dentistry continues to be the backbone of the dental profession. Every beautiful, radiant smile is founded upon a bedrock of good oral health. General dentistry helps patients to maintain the health of their teeth and gums so that they can benefit from such cosmetic treatments as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental bonding.

Although it may not be as sexy to discuss as a smile makeover, cavities continue to be the biggest enemy of a healthy smile. At Central Dental Care, we help our patients to understand how cavities form so that they can avoid the habits that lead to dental caries, or cavities. This, in combination with both restorative and preventive treatments for cavities at our Jefferson City practice, gives our patients the opportunity to have clean, healthy mouths and beautiful, vibrant smiles for a lifetime.

How Cavities Form?

Cavities are essentially holes or crevices that develop in the teeth over time. Although they may seem to appear in an instant, they generally result from months or even years of bacterial buildup on the teeth. While cavities can occur in people who practice excellent oral hygiene but who suffer some kind of oral trauma or are genetically prone to dental caries, they most commonly result from poor oral hygiene.

In general, cavities form when:

  • The protective enamel layer of a tooth becomes eroded or otherwise compromised, whether due to poor oral hygiene, wear and tear over time, the failure to visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams, trauma or injury, or a combination thereof
  • No longer protected by the strong enamel layer, the underlying dentin layer of the tooth becomes vulnerable to damage
  • Destructive elements in the mouth - acids from foods, bacteria, plaque, and tartar - eat away at the dentin, causing holes and crevices to develop in the teeth
  • If left untreated, these holes and crevices will grow until the tooth begins to decay substantially. Once the decay reaches the root canals that contain dental pulp - a substance comprising blood vessels, nerves, and vital nutrients – the result will be intense tooth pain and the eventual death of the tooth

Fortunately, cavities can easily be treated in their earliest stages. Dr. Talva Grundstrom Joost simply removes the decayed material adjacent to the cavity and replaces the missing tooth structure with a tooth-colored filling, an inlay, or an onlay. In the case of larger cavities, a custom-crafted dental crown may be used to cover the entire visible surface area of the tooth. In any event, patients emerge from treatment with smiles that are once again fully intact and functional - not to mention, beautiful.

Learn More about How Cavities Form

To learn more about how cavities form and can be effectively treated, please contact Central Dental Care today.



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2022 William Street,
Jefferson City,
Missouri  65109  USA

573-634-4414

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