Cavities

 John Castanaro, DDS -  - Dentist

Castanaro Dental

John Castanaro, DDS

Dentist located in Yonkers, NY

About 91% of Americans over the age of 20 develop one or more cavities during their lifetime. Cavities are common, but without prompt intervention, they can lead to more serious issues like tooth loss, gum recession, or bone deterioration. At Castanaro Dental in Yonkers, New York, expert dentist John Castanaro, DDS, uses advanced technology to safely and effectively treat cavities. To schedule an appointment today, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member.

Cavities Q & A

What are cavities?

Cavities are pits or fissures that form in your tooth enamel. They start out small and gradually grow bigger over time. 

Cavities occur due to plaque. Plaque is a combination of bacteria, saliva, acid, and food particles. If you don’t brush your teeth daily, plaque can build-up, causing your tooth enamel to erode. As tooth enamel wears away, your risk of cavities increases.

What are the symptoms of cavities?

Cavities don’t present any obvious signs early on. As the decay gets worse, symptoms include:

  • Increased sensitivity
  • Discomfort when eating hot, cold, or spicy foods
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Pain when biting down

You might also notice a visible hole or pit in your affected tooth.

Who is at risk of getting cavities?

Cavities affect people of all ages, but several factors increase your risk, including eating or drinking acidic food and beverages, poor oral hygiene, and not getting enough fluoride. 

You’re also more likely to experience cavities if you have dry mouth or acid reflux disease. Acid reflux disease causes you to burp up stomach acid, which can significantly wear down your tooth enamel. 

How are cavities diagnosed?

Dr. Castanaro diagnoses cavities by reviewing your oral health history, asking questions about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducting a thorough oral exam. 

Most cavities are visible to the naked eye, but if Dr. Castanaro needs further confirmation, he can order digital X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbone.

How are cavities treated?

Treatment for cavities depends on the location of the decay and its severity. If Dr. Castanaro detects a cavity early on, a simple fluoride treatment may prevent further damage and restore your tooth enamel. More serious cavities may require dental fillings or a dental crown.

Dr. Castanaro uses advanced tools to provide quick, pain-free treatment for cavities. If you need a filling, the Solea® dental laser can eliminate decay and restore your tooth without the need for anesthesia. 

If you have a large cavity, Dr. Castanaro can create a same-day dental crown in just one appointment with the CEREC milling machine.

How can I prevent cavities?

The easiest way to prevent cavities is to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Castanaro recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting Castanaro Dental every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. 

If possible, avoid sugary foods and drinks like candy and soda and opt for healthier options instead.

Don’t wait to undergo treatment for cavities. Schedule an appointment at Castanaro Dental today by calling the office and speaking with a friendly staff member.