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Treating & Preventing Cavities in Tucson

 

Treating & Preventing Cavities in Tucson

Oral cavities aren’t just an inconvenience that you can wish away. They require specialized care and treatments that remove and repair damaged tooth structures and reduce or eliminate pain. In this guide, we’ll offer some preventive tips, as well as information on what to expect when visiting the dentist.

Different Types of Oral Cavities

When a patient doesn’t remove oral plaque with regular flossing, brushing, and rinsing, their teeth are more vulnerable to decay and cavities. With regular care, however, a dentist can find symptoms of gum disease and cavities before they cause serious problems.

Every cavity is different, and only a dentist can tell which type a patient has after examining their teeth with special instruments. The three main cavity types are:

  • Root decay : This kind of cavity is quite common among older patients and those with receding gums. As the name implies, a root cavity occurs on a tooth root’s surface.
  • Pit and fissure tooth decay : These cavities appear on a back tooth’s chewing surfaces as bacteria multiply and plaque builds up. Though pit and fissure cavities can be prevented with proper oral care, those who brush their teeth inconsistently are more likely to suffer from this condition.
  • Smooth surface cavities : These cavities appear on the outer flat surfaces of the teeth when bacteria and plaque build up over time. Of all the different types of cavities, these are the easiest to treat with fluoride and proper oral care.

When a cavity occurs on the chewing surface of a back tooth, it’s called an occlusal cavity. These often occur on parts of the teeth that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush; therefore, the fissures and grooves in those teeth may collect bacteria. When left untreated, these bacteria secrete acids that damage teeth, and cavities are the result.

Treatments for Every Kind of Cavity

Today, there are numerous ways to address the problems created by oral cavities. The treatment your dentist chooses is typically determined by the cavity’s severity and the results of a thorough evaluation. Here, we’ll discuss options for minor and major dental cavities.

Fillings

Most moderate to severe cavities are treated with fillings. When a patient gets a filling, the dentist drills into the tooth, removes the damaged tissues from the cavity, and finalizes the treatment by filling the hole with materials that restore the tooth’s structural integrity. While most fillings are made of composite resin, some are made from other materials.

Occlusal cavities, or those on the molars, may be filled with durable materials like silver and gold. For cavities in between the teeth, otherwise known as interproximal cavities, some dentists prefer to use composite resins for a more appealing look. Depending on a cavity’s location and severity, your dentist will choose the right option.

Crowns

For the worst cases of oral decay, when a tooth’s structure is irreversibly damaged, a dentist may recommend a crown as a lasting solution. Sometimes, severely infected teeth require sizable fillings, which may make those teeth more likely to crack and break. To treat this type of damage, a dentist will attempt to salvage the remaining tooth material, repair it, and cover it with a porcelain or alloy crown.

Root Canals

When a cavity’s damage is too severe to be successfully treated with the above methods, your Tucson dentist may recommend root canal treatment. If tooth decay goes through the enamel layer, it typically settles into the dentin at the center of the tooth. Excessive dentin penetration often leads to nerve damage at the root, and only a root canal will resolve the issue.

During root canal treatment, the dentist will take out the damaged nerves and tissues before filling the area with a special sealant. If a significant portion of the tooth is removed during the procedure, the dentist may put a crown over it once the root canal is complete.

Extractions: The Last Resort

Full extraction is another way to treat dental cavities, but it is used only when the above treatment methods aren’t enough to repair the damage caused by a cavity. Extractions are only recommended when the damage to a patient’s tooth increases the risk of an infection that may spread to other parts of the body.

For a decayed tooth that’s easily accessible, your dentist will perform an extraction without anesthesia or incisions. Extractions leave gaps between the teeth, which are often remedied with the insertion of an implant, a bridge, or a partial denture.

Preventing Cavities

To prevent cavities and the damage they cause, a regular oral care routine is essential. In some cases, regular brushing, flossing, and mouth rinsing may reverse tooth decay. With fluoride treatments and the minerals found in saliva, the enamel layer may repair itself. Your dentist can recommend the right toothpaste and tools, along with these easy tips:

  • Brush at least twice per day. Spend 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth, for a total of two minutes. During that time, clean every surface of your teeth.
  • Use toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride. Recommended by dentists everywhere, fluoride greatly enhances oral health by strengthening the tissues of the teeth. Those who are more likely to develop cavities should use a fluoride-enriched mouthwash and ask a dentist about professional fluoride treatments.
  • Floss daily. With twice-daily flossing, you’ll remove the plaque and food particles that brushing often misses.
  • Get a checkup every six months. With professional cleanings and exams, patients not only keep their smiles bright, but they get a chance to remove stubborn tartar and plaque.

A thorough evaluation will point out small problems before they turn into big ones, and your dentist can provide advice on choosing the right oral care products.

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George E.
George E.
Everything about the dentistry was excellent! I was most impressed with the hygienist, Melissa. She is the finest dental hygienist I have ever had.
Iliganoa Selena I.
Iliganoa Selena I.
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Monica T.
Monica T.
Everyone is so nice and friendly, highly recommended
Chris H.
Chris H.
I had a broken tooth. Hadn't been to see them for about 2 years. But as soon as I contacted their office. They got me in quickly and took great care of me. I appreciate their customer service and they're caring attitude. It's hard to find these days. I highly recommend them.
Lisa ann S.
Lisa ann S.
1st time. Broken tooth, needed extraction. I despise going to the dentist. Dr Lyman was very thorough, made sure I was pain free prior to tooth removal. Didn't feel a thing. Best experience in over 20yrs. I will be returning and recommending to others. Thanks Doc!!
Janet B.
Janet B.
Friendly staff and dentist. Kelsey was absolutely amazing! I
Christy
Christy
Very nice staff
Anna R.
Anna R.
It was refreshing to walk into a Dentist office where the front desk was nice and smiled! The hygienists were wonderful. I could hear my 15 year old daughter laughing in the other room with Inez. Staff and Dentist are super personable. We will see you all in August. Thank you!!!!
Mystri B.
Mystri B.
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Beatriz R.
Beatriz R.
Great customer service.
M P
M P
Kelsie did a great job on my cleaning today. Both her and Dr. Lyman addressed my concerns and answered my questions thoroughly. I've continued to be pleased with this practice.Precious Review 2 years ago: Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle, the new hygienist. What a great addition to this practice. Michelle was gentle and had a lovely chair side manner. She did great, Thank- you Michelle!My previous reviewI was very pleased with my recent experience at Wilmot Family Dentistry. Both Becca and Dr. Lyman were caring and addressed my concerns well. Treatment was pain free. Becca, Alanna and Dr. Lyman were gentle and kind. I recommend this practice.
STAY_ D.
STAY_ D.
They really took care of my son in short notice and got his tooth removed best family dentistry to go to. I recommend this dentistry for any family and military family they super well and great with kids.
Omar B.
Omar B.
Kelsey was amazing and friendly recommend this place
Robin R.
Robin R.
Wonderfully run office with helpful, pleasant efficient staff! I found familiar faces in the waiting room from where I live in a wonderful 55+ area. I will happily refer others.
Jennifer W.
Jennifer W.
This was my first visit. Everyone was very kind, knowledgeable, and informative. The cost was really reasonable. I would highly recommend.
Arthur K.
Arthur K.
Doctor Lyman and his staff are incredible. Update: January 2024. Had my 6-month check up and as usual I had a professional lady who was truly a hygienic specialist par excellence. She did a thorough job of cleaning my teeth, and she was as nice as she could be. I can't imagine ever giving less than a five-star review for Wilmot Family Dentistry.
Christine A.
Christine A.
Super friendly staff, neutral smelling office, which I greatly appreciate, and they are collectively a great bunch of people. The dentist was kind in manor and clear about what was going on with my teeth, giving me options and not pressuring me to do anything. A great dental experience for myself and my daughter.
Gloria F.
Gloria F.
Very grateful for Wilmot Family Dentistry. The dentist and staff are very professional and friendly, which makes for a comfortable atmosphere and pleasant visit.. Thank you!
Dena E.
Dena E.
After searching dentists. I’ve been coming to this office for almost 3 years. They gave me hope. Most dentists are out there to just make money over stuff that doesn’t need to be done. I’m greatful for true honesty.
kathryn K.
kathryn K.
Dr. Lyman and his office were gracious and kind. He communicated to me what was going on and suggested how I should move forward. Very knowledgable Dr with a great personalitiy. KK
Abigail
Abigail
Kelsey was amaze and so gentle with my sensitive teeth! Dr was efficient and quick
Raymond I.
Raymond I.
Every time I called a human answered, they were so helpful and knew the answers to my questions, were patient and professional. The appointment went smooth, my daughter was seen on time for her appointment, even though there was a room full of patients, everyone got called back fairly quickly! The staff is so nice and the doctor was awesome with my daughter, to make her feel as comfortable as possible!
Sharon B.
Sharon B.
I'm new to Arizona. I got lucky when I found this office. Dr. Lyman did a fantastic job. I have been there now 2 times. He is very knowledgeable and informs you every step of the way through the procedure. The staff are all so polite and professional as well. They treat you like family This will be my dentist from now on. I recommend this dentist and office to anyone in need of dental services, without a doubt
PETE O.
PETE O.
AWESOME WORK—-SUPER GOOD STAFF—-U OF A FRIENDLY—!!!!!
Robbin H.
Robbin H.
I went in the office staff very nice and kind. I had to have tooth pull felt no pains the doctor was great. I would going forward make this my place to come for my dental work.
Jeannette E.
Jeannette E.
I decided to change dentists as my health insurance provided the benefit. I was reluctant to change, but was pleasantly surprised at the professional office at Wimot Family Dentistry. Front desk was helpful & friendly. The Hygenist was thorough & did a great job. I briefly met the dentist who seemed very nice. All in all, I’m very happy with the professional service I received. I’m sticking with them!
Lea S.
Lea S.
I was visiting from out of state and needed to have an emergency appointment. I was seen the same day of my phone call and taken care of as well. Everyone was very kind and attentive. Thank you so much for your help :)
Oleg B.
Oleg B.
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Erin W.
Erin W.
Love the care they take of our whole family here. Even the little ones look forward to going to the dentist!
lea ann L.
lea ann L.
I’m new to Arizona, and I made an appointment, and they fixed me right up. Really nice doctor and staff.Thank you so much.
Dwarlord
Dwarlord
Great. Really nice people.
Carrie T.
Carrie T.
This place is awesome. I have many dental issues and was very impressed by the one on one treatment and straight forward answers. They are ALL kind and courteous, and even made me feel better about my road ahead. I will recommend this place to everyone. Thanks for the great experience Wilmot family dentistry.
J S.
J S.
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Shirley M.
Shirley M.
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Lhasa C.
Lhasa C.
So happy to have found this office. The hygienist, Melissa, is so gentle and encouraging and the dentist seems genuinely involved in your well being.
Diane M.
Diane M.
Best dental experience Ever!!Everyone was wonderful!
Paulie L.
Paulie L.
Great experience for my son and I.
James A.
James A.
Highly responsive and friendly staff.
Sharon W.
Sharon W.
I was lucky to get Dr Lyman for my Dentist as a new patient a few years ago. If I have a problem I can always get right in.The staffalways put me at ease.I had a really sore implant and was miserable. I called got in today ,he found the problem and tonight I am pain free. Thank you Dr.Lyman .I would recommend him to all who needs a Dentist.5 star for sure.
Paul M
Paul M
I've been going to this office for quite awhile and everyone has always been honest, friendly and professional.
JoAnn C.
JoAnn C.
They were great !!! Everyone is so polite and happy.
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