Advanced dental care in Beverly Hills: ConfiDental

It is almost impossible to avoid developing cavities over a lifetime. Everyone is different; some are susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria, while others have stronger, more cavity-resistant natural teeth. The position of the teeth can be a factor in cavities, as teeth with very tight contacts are harder to clean and more likely to develop cavities.

If you have a cavity, the earlier it is treated, the better. A smaller cavity requires removing less of the tooth when placing a filling, and keeping as much natural tooth as possible can make a difference in the strength and longevity of the tooth.

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Diagnosing cavities

Cavities in the teeth are generally found in a regular dental exam, with X-rays and a physical examination of the teeth. Once a cavity is found, treatment should be performed as quickly as possible to halt further damage to the tooth.

Types of cavities

Cavities come in a range of sizes and types, which include:

Smooth surface cavity

These cavities grow slowly and act to dissolve the tooth enamel. This type of cavity often develops between the teeth and, in some cases, can be reversed with proper dental care, such as regular professional cleanings and careful flossing and brushing.

Pits and fissures

These cavities appear on the chewing surface of the tooth or the front surface of the back teeth. These cavities tend to progress quickly, and early intervention is critical.

Root cavities

Receding gums can allow the root of the tooth to be exposed, which is not protected by the strong surface of the upper part of the teeth. When this develops, it may be necessary to treat the gum disease to halt the gum recession and avoid further decay. The tooth may become infected and require a root canal or more extensive treatment.

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Treating cavities

The extent of the decay will determine the type of treatment necessary to restore the health of a tooth. These options include:

  • Fluoride treatments: For tiny areas of decay, treatments with fluoride may be all that is needed, allowing the enamel to restore.
  • Fillings: Modern filling material is far superior to the metal fillings (amalgam) that were once common. The metal material has a percentage of mercury, which is toxic to humans. Removing these fillings may be essential to your health. At ConfiDental, we use advanced tooth-colored material that is long-lasting and perfectly matches your natural tooth color.
  • Root canals: For some types of tooth-root decay, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth from extraction.

Why choose ConfiDental to treat cavities?

A dental experience can be private with concierge care in a boutique office built to deliver the highest quality care and expertise. At ConfiDental, Dr. Liyan Massaband provides the ultimate dental care and offers off-hours appointments for busy patients. She has a master’s degree in public health and a Doctorate in dentistry, and is among the most talented dental practitioners in the area, bringing an exceptional skill level to every aspect of modern dentistry. Contact us today to learn more about how we treat and can help prevent cavities.

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