Cavities refer to tooth decay, which occurs when specific types of bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and its underlying layer, the dentin. They are holes in teeth caused due to tooth decay. The signs and symptoms are:
• Sensitivity to sweet, hot or cold foods or drinks
• Pain when chewing
HOW IS CAVITIES DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis for the condition is usually done with the help of a physical examination by a dentist who will use a light and sharp instrument. Particularly severe and painful cases will require a dental X ray to measure the extent of the damage.
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