Cavities refer to tooth decay, which occurs when specific types of bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and its underlying layer, the dentin. They are holes in teeth caused due to tooth decay. The signs and symptoms are:
• Sensitivity to sweet, hot or cold foods or drinks
• Pain when chewing
HOW IS CAVITIES DIAGNOSED?
Cavities are diagnosed during a regular dentistry check-up. An x-ray may be prescribed to identify the extent of tooth damage and plan the treatment accordingly.
HOW IS CAVITIES TREATED?
In most cases, tooth cavities require a filling. There can be a variety of materials used here such as silver alloy, gold, porcelain or composite resin, all of which are deemed to be safe. Allergies to these fillings are rare. If the tooth is damaged to a greater extent, it is advisable to extract the tooth. Root canal may be needed if the pulp of your tooth is damaged.
DID YOU KNOW?
It is very rare to develop an allergy due to the filling.