Tooth decay is a serious issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. If left untreated, the decay can become more damaging to the structure of the tooth. Dr. Jamil Alkhoury and the team of Brentwood Family Dental encourage patients to know the common symptoms of tooth decay to detect it early for conservative treatment.
When decay reaches the dental pulp, which houses the nerves and blood supply, it causes pain and sensitivity. However, some patients are not even aware they have cavities as they are too small for them to notice. These are often found during a physical evaluation at the dental office during six month appointments for cleanings and examinations.
Treatment of tooth decay is often done in the form of fillings. Fillings can keep the decay from getting larger and help seal the tooth to keep bacteria from getting inside. Larger cavities may require a treatment known as root canal therapy to remove the dental pulp and restore the health of the smile.
Interested in an evaluation by a quality dentist? Contact Dr. Jamil Alkhoury and the team of Brentwood Family Dental today at (925) 344-5296 or visit 4411 Balfour Road, Suite C in Brentwood.