Cavity Specialist

Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry

Sara Bukhari, DDS

Certified Pediatric Dentist located in Phoenix, AZ

Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the surface of your child’s teeth that develop into tiny holes. Cavities can be caused by bacteria, frequent snacking of sugary foods and drinks, and other factors. Dr. Sara Bukhari is highly experienced in treating cavities and currently serves children at Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Bukhari provides dental fillings and treatments, cleanings, education, and preventive care to help improve your child’s oral health and prevent cavities from forming in the future. Call or schedule online today.

Cavity Q & A

by Sara Bukhari, DDS

What are the symptoms of a cavity?

A cavity is a tiny hole where a tooth has been permanently damaged and eroded. The symptoms of a cavity vary depending on where it’s located and how much the cavity has progressed.

If a cavity is just beginning, your child may not have any symptoms, but as the decay gets larger, your child might experience symptoms such as:

  • Toothache and tooth sensitivity
  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something hot, cold, or sweet
  • A visible hole or pit in the tooth
  • Black, brown, or white stains on any surface of a tooth
  • Pain when biting down

It’s important your child has regular dental checkups and cleanings because you might not be aware a cavity is forming.

What causes a cavity?

A cavity is the result of tooth decay. Tooth decay is a process that occurs over time when plaque coats your child’s teeth, usually due to excess consumption of starches and sugars.

When starches and sugars aren’t effectively cleaned off your child’s teeth, bacteria quickly feed on them and form plaque that stays on the teeth and can harden under or above the gum line into tartar.

The acid in the plaque removes important minerals from the tooth’s hard, outer enamel. Once the enamel has worn away, the bacteria and acid can reach the deeper layer of your child’s teeth called the dentin. This layer is softer than the enamel and less resistant to the acid. If tooth decay reaches the dentin your child might notice more tooth sensitivity.

The bacteria and acid can reach the inner pulp of your child’s tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. This can be especially painful and cause the pulp to become swollen and irritated.

What are the complications of a cavity?

Cavities and tooth decay can have serious and long-term complications, even for children who don't yet have their permanent teeth. Complications of a cavity can include:

  • Pain
  • Tooth abscess
  • Swelling or pus around a tooth
  • Damaged or broken teeth
  • Chewing problems

Dr. Bukhari offers treatments for existing cavities, such as effective dental fillings to fill in the holes with a material that blends in with the natural teeth and advanced preventive dental care, such as teeth cleanings and dental sealants.

Find the right course of treatment for your child’s cavity at Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry. Call or click to book here on the web.