Dental cavities are holes or structural damage in the teeth. It usually occurs in children and young adults, but can affect any person. Tooth decay is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people. The acids in plaque damage the enamel covering the teeth and create holes in the teeth called cavities. Cavities usually do not hurt, unless they grow very large and affect nerves or cause a tooth fracture.
HOW IS DENTAL CAVITIES DIAGNOSED?
To arrive at a diagnosis, the dentist will usually conduct a physical examination of the mouth where all the corners of the gums and jaws will be checked. Also, a dental X ray can reveal how far the decay has spread and to look for soft spots.
HOW IS DENTAL CAVITIES TREATED?
The dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth. This will be done with the help of a drill. The hollow portion will then require a filling which will be installed by the dentist.
DID YOU KNOW?
Good oral hygiene prevents formation of dental cavities.