Dr. James Furgurson is a family dentist in Chapel Hill, NC. We offer complete care for children as well as adults. Our main concern is preventing tooth decay. We also offer a wide range of services to manage and treat tooth decay including fillings, crowns and root canals.
What Causes Tooth Cavities
Plaque is a sticky substance that is constant forms inside the mouth, accumulating along the gum line and between the teeth. Bacteria in plaque become activated by sugar and starch in the food we eat, which in turn produce acid that can erode tooth enamel and lead to the formation of cavities.
The best way to prevent tooth decay is to brush and floss daily, eat fresh fruits and vegetables and limit sodas and candy.
Tooth Cavity Symptoms
The dentist is able to identify early signs of tooth decay before most patients experience any physical symptoms, so it is important to maintain regular dental check-ups. Common signs of tooth decay include:
- White spots on teeth
- Dark or dull teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Visible holes in teeth
Tooth Cavity Treatment
Dr. Furgurson can prevent tooth cavities with professional cleaning, fluoride treatments and sealants, which are plastic coverings that protect teeth. If you already have signs of tooth decay, the dentist may recommend the following treatment:
- Composite Dental Fillings: Composite dental fillings are placed in a single visit, used to treat minor tooth cavities.
- Porcelain or Gold Fillings: If the tooth decay is more extensive, Dr. Furgurson may use an indirect restoration such as a composite or ceramic filling to protect the tooth.
- Root Canal: When tooth decay progresses close to the nerve of the tooth, it can cause extreme pain. A root canal procedure will eliminate infection from inside the tooth. Dr. Furgurson can then restore the tooth using a dental crown to prevent future problems.