Preservative treatments

Tooth decay is a widespread bacterial disease that affects both children and adults. There is already an effective treatment for cavities. However, it is important to quickly treat a cavity, otherwise, it can have consequences on the overall health of the body, and lead to complications.

The origin of the cavity

Bacteria found in plaque feed on food debris, including sugars in order to release acids that damage the enamel of your teeth. A cavity is formed as a result of these acid secretions. Good dental hygiene limits the influence of bacteria on enamel. When a cavity develops, it is important to treat it quickly or you may have to replace the tooth. Regular consultation with your health care professional is essential because in the case of cavities, the pain is a false friend. This is because the pathology develops well before the first pain. The symptoms may include: dental pain, sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure.

Three factors contribute to cavities

There are three main factors that can lead to cavities. Dental plaque is a fertile soil for the development of bacteria. A diet that is too sweet (candies, cakes…) also encourages the appearance of cavities. The risk of developing cavities also depends on genetic factors. We are not all equally affected by cavities. Some patients are naturally “protected” against cavities while others are predisposed to the development of cavities.

Recommendations to limit the risk of cavities

It is recommended to adopt good habits to limit the risk of cavities: drink water instead of sweetened drinks such as soft drinks, do not eat between meals to limit acids, do not eat food after brushing your teeth and add flossing to your teeth cleaning routine. We recommend that you visit a dentist at least once a year to check for cavities.

 

How to treat a cavity

Treating cavities as soon as possible will prevent further complications. Composite, aesthetic and innovative materials are now used to treat cavities. When the procedure allows it, we keep the tooth alive. Our dentists use local anesthetics to ensure maximum comfort for our patients. The cavity is then removed, then the tooth is reconstructed with white composite resin for a bright smile!

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Chemin de Beau-Rivage 18
1006 Lausanne

LeLake Cabinet (Phillip Morris International)
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1007 Lausanne

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