Tatiana Barton, DDS

Dr. Barton received her D.D.S. degree from New York University College of Dentistry following her education at the State University of New York College at Purchase...

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Stamford, CT 06905
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By North Kansas City Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, LLC
October 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cavities  

Cavities are more trouble than just a hole in your tooth.

You're likely familiar with the term "cavities" in relation to dental health. They can be called other names - dental caries or, more Cavitiesgenerally, tooth decay - but all these terms describe an area of a tooth that has its structures broken down due to bacteria. Here, your Stamford, Connecticut dentist, Dr. Tatiana Barton, explains how cavities form and how they are treated.

The creation of cavities

Cavities start when the outer surface of the tooth, known as the enamel, becomes demineralized. This process begins by forming a chalky white spot on the tooth and may not be immediately recognized, even if it's in a visible spot. At this point, the damage is reversible if it is treated by your Stamford dentist, but because these spots often go unnoticed, they usually progress into the conspicuous hollowed-out area that cavities are named for. As a cavity advances, it turns dark in color and can produce pain or sensitivity when it gets closer to the nerves of a tooth. Because cavities are caused by bacteria, letting them progress can have dire consequences: some people develop airway obstructions or brain infections from the constant exposure to infection.

Treating cavities

Staying current on your visits to Dr. Barton, your Stamford dentist, can not only save you a lot of money: it'll also help save your teeth! Using dental X-rays, Dr. Barton can easily identify demineralization or cavities that are starting to form on the teeth, especially in hard-to-see places. She can then treat these problems accordingly. Cavities can be removed and filled in with a durable material that stops the process of infection and allows your tooth to remain healthy. While many people still express fear over having a cavity filled, dental technology and treatments have advanced over the years, making the process quick and virtually painless.

If you think you might have a cavity, don't let it continue. Contact the office of Dr. Tatiana Barton in Stamford, Connecticut today to have it evaluated.


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