What Causes A Cavity?

shutterstock_264839942Many patients are afraid of the words dental filling, but if your tooth has a severe cavity – it may be necessary. What causes a cavity? Plaque (bacteria) forms on the teeth throughout the day, when sugars come in contact with this plaque on your teeth it forms an acid that can destroy your tooth enamel. Once past your enamel, the bacteria will cause decay for the inside layers of your tooth, including the pulp (or nerve). Often times, cavities can be painful and sensitive – especially when they come in contact with extreme temperatures or hard-to-chew food.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Cavity?

Most of the time, if you have a cavity, you’ll experience a toothache. Your dentist will be able to tell if your tooth is decayed from looking around your mouth when you visit them. This is a great reason why visiting your dentist can be so important, too. Not only could it help prevent cavities, but it can also help to catch the decay early on and begin treatment quickly before it can worsen.

What Are Cavity Treatments?

Your dentist will recommend treatment depending on the severity of your tooth decay. In mild to moderate cases, they will probably be able to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill it with a composite resin material (known as a dental filling).

In extremely severe cases, your dentist may recommend extracting your tooth before the bacteria is able to spread to other areas of your mouth. Although this may seem scary, try not to worry – dental restoration methods these days are advanced, comfortable, functional, and natural-looking!