Tooth Cavity Kanata & Ottawa, ON

Tooth decay is a prevalent dental concern among patients of all ages. Tooth decay is caused by a build-up of plaque and can often be prevented through good oral hygiene and regular preventive dental care. Sugar and starch activate the plaque, creating a chemical reaction that breaks down the tooth enamel.

As tooth enamel erodes it compromises the integrity of the tooth structure, leaving the tooth susceptible to damage and infection. Villanova Dental Studio provides comprehensive state-of-the-art preventative and general dentistry to help patients of all ages maintain their oral health and repair tooth decay.

Treatments for Tooth Decay

Treatment for tooth decay will be determined by how advanced the decay is. Early diagnosis is recommended to avoid the need for tooth extractions and to maintain as much of the natural smile as possible. Our dentists offer a range of treatments for repairing decay and restoring oral health.

Visiting the dentist at least twice a year is the best way to catch tooth decay early. However, if you begin to experience symptoms of cavities in between visits, it is best to not wait for your next appointment.

Tooth decay should be treated as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration of the tooth. Your Ottawa dentist will always try to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible to maintain your stable oral foundation. If a tooth extraction is considered necessary, we offer the latest treatment options to replace your tooth including dental implants.

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Tooth Cavity FAQs

What should you do if you think you have a cavity?

If you are feeling achy pain in your tooth, or sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drink, you may want to have your teeth checked. Some other signs you may have a cavity are tooth discoloration, or a hole in your tooth. If you are experiencing any combination of these, you should contact your dentist to schedule an appointment.

Can cavities be treated with laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry can be used to treat cavities. It is considered a hard tissue procedure. The laser is used to detect cavities and then fill them. This type of procedure is known to be pain free which is a large benefit of laser dentistry.

How long does it take to fill a cavity?

It typically takes around 15 minutes to an hour to fill a cavity. The time it takes is dependent on the size, severity, and placement of the cavity. In many cases patients need to have multiple cavities filled, which may cause an appointment to take longer than an hour.

What exactly happens when you get a cavity filled?

When a patient has a cavity filled the dentist removes tooth decay and fills it with metal or a composite. Dentists numb the tooth and surrounding area prior to beginning the filling. Then they drill a hole into the tooth to remove any decayed parts and replace them with the filling.

Most patients will experience tooth decay at some point in their lives. It is difficult to avoid, however, there are steps you can take to help reduce the development of tooth decay.

  • Brushing and Flossing
    Daily oral hygiene is essential for maintaining the health of your natural smile. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is the best way to prevent the development of advanced oral health concerns.
  • Avoid Sugar
    A diet low in sugar and high in fruits and vegetables can help keep your teeth healthy. Sugary foods, and especially beverages with high sugar content, are the leading culprits in causing cavities.
  • Chew Sugar-Free Gum
    Chewing sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva flow. Saliva helps to clean out plaque and food debris from between teeth.
  • Biannual Dental Checkups
    Visiting the dentist every six months is one of the best things you can do for your oral and overall well-being. Our Villanova dental care team will provide you with a thorough oral screening and check for cavities, cancer, and gum disease. Early diagnosis is essential for conservative treatment.

Tooth decay is a growing health concern in children. It is important to bring your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth begins to emerge. Early oral health exams can help children protect their natural smiles. Early life visits to the dentist can help set your child up for a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles.
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Dr. Barakat and our dental care team enjoy working with children. We focus on patient education, disease prevention and providing child-friendly tips and tricks for better oral hygiene. Our dental team will help your child build a positive association with the dentist so they may even enjoy their biannual dental checkups.

In addition to our compassionate and fun bedside manner, we offer laser treatments for cavities and gum disease, reducing pain and the need for needles. We do everything we can to make visiting the dentist as comfortable and fun for your child as possible.

Pain-free dentistry in Stittsville, Kanata, OntarioOur dentists use Waterlase laser dentistry for minimally invasive and highly effective treatment of tooth decay. Waterlase allows for less invasive treatment that reduces swelling and discomfort. Many patients who suffer from dental anxiety find laser dentistry easier and more comfortable than traditional drills. Laser dentistry is effective at treating mild to moderate tooth decay.

Laser dentistry for the treatment of tooth decay is safe for both children and adults. Our dentists prefer laser dentistry as it actually promotes healing and reduces discomfort for our patients.

Your Villanova Dental Studio dentist will determine if you will benefit from laser dentistry for the treatment of tooth decay.

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