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?
The dentist finds cavities during a regular dental checkup. He’ll probe the teeth, looking for soft spots, or use X-rays to check between your teeth for the exact cause of the cavities.
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?
The best way to avoid cavities is to follow a healthy dental hygiene and regular clean ups by the dentist along with check ups for any problems.