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?
Dentists may detect cavities during your regular dental appointment or specifically check for them based on your symptoms. Probing around your teeth looking for soft spots is the most common way to diagnose cavities. Once dentists suspect cavities, they may order for a tooth X-ray to confirm diagnosis and also evaluate the extent of damage
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?
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.