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Cavity Specialist

Trent W Smallwood, DDS -  - General Dentist

Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts

Trent W Smallwood, DDS

General Dentist located in South East Valley, Tempe, AZ

It’s estimated 90% of American adults have at least one cavity. If you’re one of them, it’s important to seek the care of a professional dentist as soon as possible. Trent W. Smallwood, DDS, at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts in the North East Corner of Warner and Kyrene, in Tempe, Arizona, regularly diagnoses and treats cavities. If you’re experiencing a toothache, call or use the online booking tool to request your appointment today.

Cavity Q & A

What is a cavity?

A cavity is any type of permanent damage that affects the hard outer layer of your teeth. Cavities are one of the most common health problems worldwide and typically result due to eating sugary, starchy foods or practicing poor dental hygiene. 

Left untreated, cavities become worse and grow in size. Regularly visiting the dentist can alert you to potential problems and prevent gum disease, tooth loss, and infection.

What are the symptoms of cavities?

The symptoms of a cavity depend on its location and severity. In the early stages of development, many small cavities don’t present symptoms at all. However, as the tooth decay gets worse, symptoms include:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when chewing
  • Brown or black stains on your teeth

Cavities can also cause visible holes or pits to form on top of or sides of your teeth. 

Are there certain factors that increase my risk of developing cavities?

Anyone can develop a cavity, but they’re especially common in children and adolescents. Other risk factors for tooth decay include frequent snacking, sipping on sugary or acidic drinks like soda and iced tea, and not getting enough fluoride. 

Other health problems can also increase your risk of cavities. For example, if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) you’re more likely to burp stomach acid into your mouth. If this happens frequently, the stomach acid can wear away at your enamel.

How are cavities diagnosed?

At the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts, Dr. Smallwood and the team use the state-of-the-art, entirely pain-free KaVo DIAGNOdent™ laser cavity detection device to diagnose tooth decay. 

Traditionally, dentists used metal tools like dental scalers to feel for soft spots of decay in your enamel. However, these methods of detection only worked after a cavity has done a significant amount of damage. 

Because the Kavo diagnoses cavities with 90% accuracy and at a much earlier stage, Dr. Smallwood can restore your affected tooth back to health without the need for a painful or invasive procedure. 

If you suspect you’re suffering from tooth decay, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Call the office or request an appointment today using the online scheduling tool.

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