Dental Cavities

What are Dental Cavities?

Simply speaking, dental cavities are simply rotten teeth where bacteria have gotten into the tooth and started to destroy the tooth structure.

What Causes Cavities?

Cavities are caused by bacteria, which are always present in our mouth. However, if we don't brush our teeth and remove plaque thoroughly and regularly, the bacteria start to attack the tooth and cause cavities.

How Does a Dentist Check for Cavities?

Dentists check for cavities in multiple ways. They look for discoloration and areas where things don't look solid. They also use dental X-rays to see cavities between teeth, which are impossible to see with the naked eye. New tools like dental scans are also available to detect cavities.

What Are the Stages of a Cavity?

Cavities go through several stages depending on how deep they go inside the tooth. There are three layers of the tooth: enamel, dentin, and the nerve. The initial stage is when the cavity breaks through the enamel, followed by dentin, and if it reaches the nerve, the tooth is in trouble.

Can a Cavity Spread to Other Teeth?

Yes, cavities can spread to other teeth because they are caused by bacteria. If you have a cavity on one tooth and don't take care of it, bacteria can spread to nearby teeth.

Can Cavities Go Away?

Unfortunately, cavities do not go away on their own. Once the process of decay starts, it is impossible to make it go away.

How Do You Stop a Cavity from Progressing?

You can stop a cavity from progressing by maintaining good dental hygiene at home. Regularly removing harmful bacteria by brushing and flossing is crucial. Additionally, dental fillings are needed to remove the decayed tooth structure and prevent the cavity from getting deeper.

How Long Do Cavity Fillings Last?

Cavity fillings can last a long time, but their longevity depends on dental care and hygiene. Regular checkups and proper dental care at home are essential to maintain the longevity of fillings.

Can Dental Cleanings Prevent Cavities?

Dental cleanings can often prevent cavities. During cleanings, harmful bacteria are removed, and dentists also check for any damage caused by cavities. Dental professionals also educate patients about cavity prevention.

What Should I Do If I Suspect I Have a Cavity?

If you suspect you have a cavity, it's essential to see your dentist promptly. Early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent the cavity from advancing deeper into the tooth. Contact our office at (941) 921-4654 for an appointment if you suspect a cavity.