Cavities are typically the end result of tooth decay that is caused by plaque build-up. Cavities are quite evident; you can feel the pits or holes in your teeth. Another clear indication is a toothache followed by eating or drinking something too hot or cold.
HOW IS CAVITIES DIAGNOSED?
Dentists may detect cavities during your regular dental appointment or specifically check for them based on your symptoms. Probing around your teeth looking for soft spots is the most common way to diagnose cavities. Once dentists suspect cavities, they may order for a tooth X-ray to confirm diagnosis and also evaluate the extent of damage
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?
Cavities can be prevented by maintaining proper oral hygiene