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Dental Cavities Between the Teeth

Front teeth gapMany people avoid the dentist, telling themselves that regular brushing and flossing their teeth should keep their teeth healthy enough. This is especially true if you don’t experience any tooth pain. However, no pain does not equal no problem! Dental cavities can be sneaky and waiting until you feel pain to visit the dentist can turn a simple filling procedure into a root canal. Dental cavities that hide between the teeth are the sneakiest of all! These cavities are known as interproximal cavities.

Interproximal Cavities

Interproximal cavities are diagnosed with the help of a bite-wing X-ray. This is a very important part of early detection and will allow your dentist to see the severity of the dental cavity. Some dental cavities can be detected visually, but without an X-ray, the depth of the cavity is unknown.

If an interproximal dental cavity is found early enough, it can be recalcified with fluoride gel. If the cavity has penetrated more deeply into the tooth enamel, the cavity will need to be filled. If a dental cavity has been left untreated for long enough, it will eventually reach the inside of the tooth, known as the pulp, requiring a root canal, dental crown, or even the loss of the tooth.

Interproximal Cavity Symptoms

There are a few symptoms that may point to the possibility that you’re suffering from a dental cavity between the teeth. These symptoms can include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Tooth sensitivity to certain foods, especially sugary food
  • Pain or problems with biting or chewing

Preventing Interproximal Cavities

The best thing you can do to prevent interproximal cavities is to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting your general dentist every six months for a cleaning and an exam.

If you’re in need of a root canal or for more information on endodontics, please contact Endodontic Specialists of Colorado in Colorado Springs North and Pueblo, Colorado.

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