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Signs You May Have a Cavity

As one of the most common dental issues for people in the US, cavities happen to the best of us, even if you’re careful about regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. ButOrobitg - Signs You May Have a Cavity - DEC how can you be sure? Here are six signs you may have a cavity:

The Pain

Pain is one of the most common cavity symptoms, and often happens when the affected tooth contacts food. If a tooth hurts while you’re eating, chances are very good you have a cavity. If your tooth hurts even when nothing is touching it, you may have an infection present or there may be more damage than a simple cavity.

Temperature Sensitivity

Teeth that have been compromised due to a cavity are often very sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks (and even to the water you use to brush your teeth). If one of your teeth suddenly becomes sensitive to hot or cold, a cavity is the most likely culprit. Let Dr. Orobitg or your hygienist know, as there are other reasons temperature sensitivity can occur.

Affected by Sugar

A tooth with a cavity will often become sensitive to sugar. A tingling or mild to moderate pain sensation when eating sugary food is a good indicator of a cavity.

Dark Spots

Though there are different types of cavities, some can cause your teeth to develop small holes that are visible to the naked eye. When there’s damage like this, the tooth can sometimes become brittle and chip or break more easily.

Bad Breath

Though not as strong of an indicator as others on its own, bad breath can be a result of food particles lodging themselves in the small holes created by a cavity.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, need a dental cleaning or know you need a cavity filled, call Eddie Orobitg, DMD to schedule an appointment at 352-702-4147. We’re redefining the dental experience!

The Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening

Our patients often express a desire to whiten stained or discolored teeth – particularly once they have attained a healthy smile. Dr. Orobitg and his team recommend a Orobitg - The Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening - NOVprofessional-strength teeth-whitening treatment for best results.

Though numerous products like whitening toothpastes, strips, and gels are available over-the-counter (OTC), they typically only contain a small amount of whitening agent and do not have the same whitening power as professional-strength treatments. While OTC whiteners may be effective for those with only light staining, it won’t do much for people with more severe stains.

Some of the advantages of professional teeth whitening include:

A More-Thorough Whitening

Off-the-shelf whitening products are typically a “one-size-fits-all” solution that often fits no one. Best results should be tailored to your specific needs.

At Orobitg Dentistry, not only do we recommend the best whitening treatments for your teeth, we help you ensure they are applied evenly to brighten your entire smile.

Professional Strength

Professional strength whitening agents are able to penetrate tooth enamel and remove more stubborn stains than store-bought kits.

Comfort

Over-the-counter treatments can cause pain and sensitivity, whether it be because of something in the gel or the whitening agent coming into contact with lips or gums.

When you come to us for your teeth-whitening needs, we take measures to protect your gums, and we can offer fluoride treatments to cut down on tooth sensitivity. Our take-home kits use gel that is thick enough to stay in the trays without going where it shouldn’t.

Call us today at 352.787.5919 to learn more about our painless Opalescence Teeth Whitening and other whitening services to treat discolored teeth. After a thorough examination, Dr. Orobitg will help you find the whitening product or technique that's best for you.

Endodontics and Root Canals

Root canals are among the most common endodontic procedures performed, with over 14 million done annually. Dr. Orobitg performs root canals and other endodonticOrobitg - What is Endodontics - OCT procedures right in his office to help relieve pain from decay, injury, inflammation or infection…and to save smiles.

Endodontic Therapy

Pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, can become inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or an injury to the tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Symptoms are often identifiable as visible damage or swelling of the tooth, heightened temperature sensitivity, and pain in the gums.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of infected tooth pulp, Dr. Orobitg may recommend endodontic therapy such as a root canal to eliminate the infected pulp. Once the pulp is removed, he carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal and then fills and seals the space.

Endodontic therapy typically only requires local anesthesia and is usually completed in one or two visits, depending on your specific situation.

The success rates for root canals is around 90%, and if your tooth does not respond well to treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, we will create a plan that works for your needs.

Post-treatment

Since endodontic procedures are non-surgical and only require local anesthetic, you will be back to feeling normal and able to resume your normal daily activities shortly afterward. Complications are rare.

Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, offers more than two decades of experience to Leesburg, FL residents. He brings a warm and caring approach to your care and helps you fully understand what each procedure entails. For more information about root canals and other endodontic procedures, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Dr. Orobitg at 352-702-4147 today.

The Importance of Dental X-Rays

Our top priority is always to provide the best possible dental care, but a visual inspection doesn’t always tell the complete story of your teeth. Dental x-rays allow us to Orobitg - The Importance of xray - SEPdiagnose and treat issues before they become serious problems. If a visual examination and x-rays reveal no abnormalities, you can rest assured your teeth are truly in good health.

Types of X-rays

Orobitg Dentistry offers the latest in digital x-ray imaging technology. The equipment used in digital radiography uses up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays. The imaging sensor used to capture the images of your teeth is connected to a computer, and those images can be viewed on the computer by Dr. Orobitg almost Immediately following your imaging procedure. This allows for quicker and more accurate treatment plans with less time spent waiting for films to process. It also makes it easier to share images when necessary, and is more environmentally friendly as no chemicals are used to develop the images.

The most common types of dental x-rays include:

  • Bitewing – A bitewing x-ray shows the crowns of each of your teeth, and is a useful tool to check for early signs of decay in between each tooth. Your dentist may take anywhere from two to four of these x-rays to get a complete map of your mouth.
  • Periapical – This type of x-ray is commonly used to get a clear picture of your teeth’s bone height and the tips of their roots.
  • Panoramic – A panoramic x-ray is taken from outside the mouth and creates an overall image of the entire mouth and sinus areas. Having that information in one image allows for easy identification of abnormalities like impactions, tumors, or bone irregularities.

Occlusal and cephalometric x-rays are two less-common types of radiographs and are sometimes used to evaluate developing teeth in children or when planning orthodontic treatment.

How Often are X-rays Needed?

Because everybody’s oral health varies, your particular radiography needs will have to be assessed individually. If you are a new patient, Dr. Orobitg may order a full series of x-rays or a panoramic image to assess your overall oral health as a baseline for the future.

Though x-rays do use radiation to create an image, digital x-ray imaging technology produces very little radiation and a leaded apron is used as an additional level of protection.

Advanced and Professional Care

Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, offers more than two decades of dental experience to Leesburg, FL residents, and those in surrounding communities. He brings a warm and caring approach to your care and helps you fully understand what each procedure entails. For more information about x-ray imaging, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Dr. Orobitg at 352-702-4147 today.

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