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 Dental Cavity, Root Canal, Abcess
Charlotte North Carolina Dentist

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Tooth decay or dental cavity is the most common dental disease I see. The scientific name for tooth decay is dental caries. A cavity is a bacterial infection in the hard structure of the tooth. The hard structures of the tooth are enamel, dentin and cementum.

Once a dental cavity has reached dentin, it will progress to the pulp or root canal of the tooth and eventually cause a dental abscess. Fortunately, as a dentist practicing minimally invasive techniques, I have great success in our Charlotte NC practice preventing root canals even when the bacteria have reached the nerve of a tooth. Although we cannot always avoid root canal, in most cases when treating cavities and the infection has reached the nerve of the tooth, we can avoid root canal procedures. 

Obviously, the sooner we find a cavity for our patients, the less natural tooth structure we will have to remove to treat it. To find cavities at the earliest time requires a state-of-the-art cavity exam. 

Gum recession is a major problem in the Charlotte North Carolina area. 

Gum recession

One significant problem with gum recession is that it exposes the root surface of the tooth. The root surface of the tooth has no enamel covering. So there is no ability of the tooth to repair itself once it gets a cavity on the root surface. If undiagnosed and treated, cavities on the root surface can progress very quickly. 

Advanced decay on the root

Besides proper home care, other methods are used to reduce cavities with varied success.

When decay (cavity, bacteria) remains in the enamel (outer covering of the crown of the tooth), the cavity will not cause pain and has the ability to heal and stop progressing. However, once the cavity as reached the dentin, the tooth no longer has the ability to heal itself and eventually the tooth will start hurting.  

Click on the following link to understand the pain mechanism for infected and exposed dentin.

tooth pain mechanism