When your tooth enamel wears down, bacteria stick to your teeth. As a result, cavities or holes in your teeth occur. They can develop anywhere, including in between your teeth. Cavities that develop in-between teeth are called Interproximal Cavity.
Cavities In Between Teeth— Symptoms
It might be hard to detect if a cavity starts forming between two teeth. But there are symptoms that it comes with:
- Spontaneous Toothache
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods
- Sensitivity to sweets
- Discomfort while chewing
Usually, you won’t notice cavities between your teeth until the symptoms appear. Or your dentist may spot one on your bitewing x-ray.
Preventing cavities Between Teeth
You can always prevent the onslaught of bacteria that cause cavities between your teeth. Prevention means maintaining good oral health, which includes:
- You should make it a part of your routine to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste two times a day.
- Remember to brush all the food debris away after every meal. Yes, properly brushing your teeth is important.
- Flossing between your teeth will also help in preventing any cavities there.
- Use a mouthwash that has fluoride in it.
- Eat a nourishing, healthy, and balanced meal.
- Reduce your intake of sticky and sugary food.
- Drop by your dentist’s office regularly for check-ups.
You can be lucky enough to identify the cavities between your teeth in their early stages. If so, you can recalcify with fluoride gel and restore the calcium.
Dental fillings are tooth-colored materials used to restore the normal appearance and function of your teeth. Your dentist may suggest filling if the cavity has developed more than halfway into your tooth enamel. They will remove the decayed area and replace it with amalgam, resin, gold, or porcelain filling.
If the cavity has extended to the pulp of your tooth, it may require a root canal. Your dentist will clean, disinfect, and shape your badly damaged tooth, and seal it with filling. A root canal is needed when your cavity is severe.
A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that protects your weakened tooth from further damage. It is placed over your damaged tooth and improves your teeth’s appearance. You may need a crown to support your tooth when you get a large filling or a root canal.
You may need a tooth extraction if the cavities between your teeth go unnoticed for a long time, and cause an infection. The infection might spread to your jawbone, and pulling the teeth out might be your best option. Although, your dentist will only extract your tooth in extremely severe cases.
In conclusion, sometimes plaque erodes your tooth enamel between teeth. As a result, you get cavities between your teeth, which are not easy to notice. Therefore, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene and eat balanced meals. If you notice a cavity between your teeth or want a dental procedure, feel free to reach out to Katy Cypress Oral Surgery and Implant Center at 281 667 0607