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Do You Have a Cavity Between Two Teeth?

August 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — beverlyfarms @ 11:15 pm

Happy woman in dental chairIf you’ve had a cavity or two over the years, you aren’t alone. 92% of adults have had at least one. Tooth decay can occur anywhere on the surfaces of teeth, including between them, which can be difficult to detect. Interproximal cavities form when bacteria have worn away the enamel between two teeth. You may not be unaware you have one until it turns into a big problem, like an infection. Don’t worry, here’s how you’ll know if tooth decay is hiding in the tight spaces between your teeth.

Detecting Cavities Between Teeth

Early stages of tooth decay may not cause any symptoms, no matter where they occur. If you don’t visit your dentist regularly, decay will continue to erode your enamel until it reaches the underlying dentin. Dentin has tiny tubes connecting to the nerve center of your tooth, called the pulp. When the dentin is exposed from enamel loss, sensitivity to hot or cold foods will occur. Eating a sweet treat or chewing can also lead to temporary sensitivity. 

Semi-annual dental appointments can prevent decay from affecting the inner layers of your tooth. Besides a visual examination, your dentist will review an X-ray to spot the smallest areas of decay in the most hard-to-reach places, like between two teeth. 

Treating Cavities Between Teeth

If your dentist confirms a cavity, they’ll create a personalized treatment plan. Since every mouth and situation are different, your treatment will depend on the extent of the decay, which can include:

  • Recalcification: If the cavity affects less than halfway through the enamel, a fluoride gel can promote recalcification. 
  • Filling: Decay that has reached beyond halfway through the enamel can be treated with a tooth-colored filling.
  • Root Canal: Severe decay that has reached the pulp will require a root canal. The pulp and decay are removed, and the tooth is sealed with a material called gutta-percha. 
  • Crown: If too much of the tooth has been lost, a crown may be placed over it. Generally, a crown is used along with root canal therapy. 
  • Extraction: Some teeth are beyond repair and will need to be removed. 

Preventing Decay Between Teeth

You can safeguard your teeth from decay to preserve your smile and lower your dental expenses by following a few tips:

  • Brush Twice Daily: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice daily.
  • Floss: Floss between each tooth daily.
  • Limit Sugar: Eat a balanced diet that’s limited in sugars and starches.

Don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup, even if you don’t have any oral health concerns. You can enjoy a cavity-free smile that lasts.

About Dr. Robert Blake

Dr. Blake achieved his dental degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in advanced services. He has over 30 years of experience creating healthy, beautiful smiles. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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