Dental cavities are hole in the teeth caused by tooth decay. Cavities are also referred to as caries. When a cavity advances deep into the tooth, it may produce increased sensitivity to foods that are cold, hot or sweet. But not all cavities cause toothache. If they are small or progressing slowly, they may only be detected by a dentist before they cause pain. If the cavity gets large enough, part of the affected tooth may break off and leave a hole.
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?
Treatment of cavities depends on the extent of damage. In most cases, the decayed part of the tooth is removed with a drill and the hole is filled with silver, gold, porcelain or composite resins. Crowns are used in case of teeth that are badly damaged. In case the root pulp of your teeth is decayed, you may need a root canal treatment
DID YOU KNOW?
Cavities can be prevented by maintaining proper oral hygiene