What is a Cavity?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help us address underlying causes of cavities so you can get back to complete health.
Tooth decay usually occurs in children and young adults, but can affect anyone. It is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people. Bacteria is normally present in the mouth and changes food into acids. The combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva form plaque. If plaque is not removed by proper flossing and brushing, the decay process begins. As the acids in the plaque begin to weaken and dissolve the enamel, holes in the teeth are created. This is what we call cavities. Cavities are usually painless until they grow closer to the nerve or center of the tooth. If left untreated, that decay will destroy your tooth’s enamel, then the internal structure of the tooth. This can result in a lot of pain and require a root canal or extraction to treat.
How is Tooth Decay Diagnosed??
- Digital Radiography
- Oral Examination
At Love Your Smile Today we are committed to keeping your teeth and your body healthy. We use the latest technology which allows us to detect decay in the earliest stages, saving and preserving precious enamel. When decay is detected, our doctors use only the best, most life-like materials to restore your teeth to health.