Cavities and Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the process of a tooth’s mineral content being dissolved. A cavity, or caries, is a hole in a tooth that is caused by tooth decay.

Do I have a cavity?

If you experience pain when eating something cold or sweet, and the pain goes away fairly quickly, you may have a cavity. If it is a cavity, the sooner you get it taken care of, the less severe the damage will be. A toothache that is not sensitive to cold may have another cause. See our Dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What causes tooth decay?

The foods we eat react with the bacteria in our mouth to form acids that can eat away and decay the hard tissue of our teeth. Plaque is the bacteria most responsible for tooth decay.

What will we do to fix cavity?

Simple cavities are treated with a filling. we will use a drill or dental instrument to remove the decayed tooth tissue, and replace that removed tooth structure with a filling. The filling will be a tooth-colored composite. Some cavities are too large for a filling. If the damage is very extensive, and too much of the tooth tissue has decayed, we may recommend a dental crown. If the cavity has been left untreated, and the tooth has become infected, this serious condition is called an abscess, which might require a root canal. The sooner you have your tooth examined, the more options we will have to preserve your natural tooth.

How can I prevent cavities?

The best prevention is to floss and brush your teeth twice a day, especially after meals or snacks. Brushing helps remove the plaque, bacteria that forms on teeth, which is the major cause of tooth decay. Dental floss can get into the spaces between teeth where you toothbrush can’t reach.

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