What Are Cavities?

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Cavities are damage to the tooth enamel when oral bacteria produce acid and that acid attacks and harms the teeth. A cavity is also known as tooth decay, and it is a serious and dangerous dental issue that should be taken seriously. To help you know a little more about cavities in Yakima, Washington, our dentist, Dr. Pete Nathe, is happy to share some information with you.

When you have a cavity, you likely experience tooth pain, tooth sensitivity, and pain when chewing. The discomfort will be consistent and hot or cold foods and drinks will bother your tooth. It’s best to schedule an appointment at Yakima Smiles as soon as possible so you can repair your tooth before the cavity gets worse. That’s right—your cavity can damage more of your tooth and even affect your surrounding teeth.

When you come into our office to get the cavity treated, your dentist will likely use a dental filling, dental crown, or root canal treatment to repair the tooth. If these treatments won’t successfully improve the tooth’s health and function, a tooth extraction might be necessary. This is why it’s important to avoid cavities in the first place. You can do so by cleaning your smile regularly, visiting your dentist every six months, and having a tooth-healthy diet.

To learn more about cavities or to ask our dental team a question, please contact our dental office at (509) 965-7909 when you have the chance. Our dental team is happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!