Dental Cavity Treatment in Philadelphia

Dental cavities, also referred to as tooth decay or caries, are areas of permanent damage on the hard surfaces of your teeth that develop into small openings or holes. Cavities are one of the world's most common health problems, affecting people of all ages, and if left untreated, can lead to severe toothache, infection, and even tooth loss. The good news is that cavities are preventable and treatable with early detection and appropriate care. Philly Dentistry, located in the heart of Philadelphia, PA, can help you maintain your oral health through state-of-the-art restorative dentistry treatments and preventive services.

What Causes Cavities?

Cavities are the result of a number of factors, such as bacteria in the mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks, and poor dental hygiene. When you eat sugar, the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth produce harmful acids that damage the enamel. Over time, these attacks can break down the enamel, leading to cavities.

Symptoms of Cavities

The signs and symptoms of cavities can differ based on their size and position. Initially, a cavity may not cause any noticeable problems. However, as the decay progresses, it can lead to the following:

  • Toothache: Spontaneous or unexplained pain.
  • Tooth Sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet food and drinks.
  • Pain while Eating or Drinking: Ranging from mild to sharp when consuming certain items.
  • Visible Holes or Pits: Observable on the tooth surface.
  • Discoloration: Brown, black, or white stains on the tooth.
  • Pain when Biting Down: Discomfort when biting down.

Treatment Options for Cavities


Fillings are a common and effective cavity treatment. They are particularly effective in repairing mild to moderate tooth decay. At Philly Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored composite fillings that restore tooth function while offering a seamless appearance.

Root Canals

When decay reaches the inner material of your tooth (pulp), root canal therapy may be necessary. Root canal therapy involves removing the damaged areas of the inner tooth, thoroughly cleaning the area, and sealing it to prevent further damage. It's a highly effective way to preserve your natural tooth.


For more severe decay or weakened teeth, a crown may be recommended. Crowns are custom-fitted coverings that replace the entire natural crown of your tooth. Philly Dentistry offers durable, aesthetically pleasing crowns designed to strengthen and restore your teeth's function and appearance.

Inlays and Onlays

At times, damage to the tooth is too extensive for a filling; however, it may not be severe enough for a crown. In these cases, onlays and inlays are an ideal option. These are crafted from a variety of materials including porcelain and composite resin, and are custom-made to fit your specific tooth shape.

Optimize Your Dental Health

Cavity treatment is crucial for alleviating pain and preventing further damage to your teeth and overall health. At Philly Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with personalized, effective solutions to treat and prevent cavities. Our dedicated dental team in Philadelphia, PA is ready to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Schedule your appointment today at 215-568-6222 to keep your smile healthy and bright.

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