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?
The decayed part of the tooth will be removed with the help of a drill by the dentist who will then proceed to fix fillings made up of gold, silver, porcelain or composite resin. Amalgams or mercury based fillings may also be used.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cavities in tooth usually happen in children but adults who consume a lot of sugar treats and high carb foods are also prone to cavities.