April 1, 2023
A cavity that forms between two teeth is called an interproximal cavity, and just like any other type of cavity, it results from the enamel being worn away and bacteria causing decay. But since they form between your teeth, they can sometimes go unnoticed. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about how interproximal cavities are detected and treated and some tips for preventing them.
How Can I Tell If I Have an Interproximal Cavity?
Interproximal cavities aren’t always obvious, but generally, your dentist can detect them during routine visits with the assistance of an X-ray. They often occur when the cavity has penetrated the enamel, which is the tooth’s protective outer layer, and reached the vulnerable dentin underneath. This can result in hypersensitivity when biting into hot or cold items, as well as sweets.
Can Interproximal Cavities Be Treated?
There are different ways of treating interproximal cavities, but it often depends on the severity of the situation. If the cavity is detected early on and hasn’t penetrated much of the enamel, it can typically be recalcified with fluoride gel. If it extends slightly further, a filling can typically be used. In severe cases, a root canal coupled with a crown might be necessary in order to salvage the tooth. But in the most extreme of cases, tooth extraction can be done to prevent the infection from spreading further. You should avoid this at all costs by taking care of your smile and avoiding interproximal cavities, as it will also necessitate tooth replacement (which can be costly)!
Tips for Keeping Your Smile Cavity-Free
Preventing interproximal cavities requires a commitment to excellent oral care; here are some tips to help you with this:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush coupled with fluoride toothpaste.
- Don’t skip flossing; it’s just as important as brushing and allows you to clear the spaces between your teeth where interproximal cavities form.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for routine checkups; these visits allow your dentist to remove the tartar and plaque buildup that leads to cavities!
- Make smart choices concerning your dietary and oral habits; enjoy sugary items in moderation, avoid smoking and using tobacco, etc.
The American Dental Association estimates that over 91% of Americans over the age of 20 have had at least one cavity in their lifetime, and this includes less-obvious interproximal cavities! That said, don’t hesitate to speak with your dentist so you can avoid being a negative statistic and continue smiling brightly!
About the Practice
The team at Blue Coast Dental Group is thrilled to provide patients and families in Torrance, CA with an exceptional level of care! They offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative options that are certain to restore the health and beauty of your smile. If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule a visit for you or a loved one, feel free to contact the practice online or over the phone for further assistance: (424) 271-0156.
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