Cavities can form on any of your teeth, even if you have dental crowns or dental bridges. A cavity, also known as tooth decay, is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene or a sugary diet.
Cavities typically form beneath dental crowns or dental bridges when they’re ill-fitting or aren’t being cleaned thoroughly or consistently. Bacteria and plaque can build up around the margins of the crown or bridge, causing tooth decay.
Cleaning crowns and bridges can be difficult without the proper tools. Our licensed dental hygienists at Humble Dentistry can help clean all the nooks and crannies you can’t reach with a regular toothbrush or floss. During routine teeth cleanings, your dentist can also identify and treat the cavity before it progresses any further.
Because cavities that reside beneath dental crowns and bridges are difficult to see without special equipment, Dr. Appel will use an x-ray for precision.
If the cavity is caught in its early stages, Dr. Appel can then gently remove the infected area and place a new crown on your tooth. Sometimes, cavities can spread deep into the tooth’s roots and cause more serious issues such as tooth loss and gum disease.
If the tooth decay is severe, Dr. Appel will prescribe you the best treatment for your needs. Depending on your unique case, tooth decay treatment may include root canal therapy, tooth-colored fillings, or extractions.
Dr. Appel and our team strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible during their teeth cleanings and other dental treatments.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Appel at Humble Dentistry, please call our office at (281) 446-2362. You don’t have to live in Humble, TX to receive stellar dental fillings and care. Humble Dentistry also proudly serves the surrounding areas: Atascocita, Kingwood, Porter, and Houston. Whether you live near or far, our team is always here to guide you toward a healthier smile.