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?
A dentist can detect a cavity by using a sharp instrument to feel tooth structure that has been softened by tooth decay. If a cavity forms in between the teeth, it may only be visible on an X Ray. Other diagnostic tools that are used to detect cavities include ultrasound, fluorescence, or fiberoptic transillumination.
HOW IS CAVITIES TREATED?
Treatment depends on how bad the cavity is. Most often, the dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth with a drill and fills it. Crowns are used when a tooth is so badly decayed that not much of it remains. a root canal may be required if the root or pulp of your tooth is dead.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cavities can be prevented by maintaining proper oral hygiene