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Microcaries and Remineralization Gainesville, GA
Dentist and Assistant Discussing Treatment with Patient Gainesville, GA

Why would a dentist see an early cavity and not do anything about it? The answer involves some basic understanding about two terms: microcaries and remineralization. You may be familiar with the term caries, it is simply another word for cavities. Microcaries are just as the name suggests, a tiny and beginning area of decay. This is at the early stage of a cavity when the area of damage has not gone beyond the outer enamel of the tooth. Rather, it is just a small etching of decalcified enamel.

If left alone, microcaries can go one of two ways. It may progress to cause a hole in the dentin layer of the tooth, which will require a dental filling in order to protect the sensitive inner pulp of the tooth. However, microcaries may also be halted by your body’s remarkable ability to heal itself. Specifically, when remineralization occurs, early cavities can be “reversed” without the need for a filling.

Now let’s understand what remineralization is and what it is not. Remineralization does not mean that your tooth grows new enamel. Your body can only replace dentin, not enamel. However, it does mean that the minerals in your natural saliva can lay down a protective layer on the small etchings (microcaries) and prevent the decay from penetrating or advancing further.

Remineralization doesn’t just happen for everyone. If you’ve been told you have microcaries or an early cavity, it is important that you do everything you can to promote the remineralization process. This includes:

  • Eating a diet that is rich in calcium, phosphorous, Vitamin D3
  • Avoiding processed foods, sugar and diet sodas that deplete minerals
  • Attend your routine checkup for careful monitoring
  • Brush and floss diligently

At Gainesville Dental Group, we offer the most preferred solutions for treating cavities. However, we also recognize times in which a “watch and wait” method can be employed for a very early cavity. Remember, you are not likely to feel or see a cavity at its initial stages of development, so it is highly important that you maintain your routine dental checkups. Call today to schedule yours! Early detection means more conservative treatment.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

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