The Tooth Extraction Process

Tooth Extractions: Dental Cavities

Dental cavities are something a lot of people deal with in their lifetime. Cavities tend to be painful and sensitive if left untreated, and can result in loss of the tooth or lead to a tooth extraction. Tooth decay can also begin to affect the soft tissue around the tooth. To fully understand tooth cavities, it is important to learn what leads to tooth decay and how this can be prevented.

Tooth decay can take place in any of your teeth. The areas of the teeth that are usually susceptible to decay are the crown of the tooth or the gap between the teeth. The best way to avoid tooth decay and tooth cavities would be to ensure that proper dental hygiene is practiced.

Proper dental hygiene consists of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing your teeth after meals to remove any piece’s food that may have gotten stuck between the teeth. Regular dental checkups are also important as there are certain areas of your teeth that are impossible to brush and with professional dental equipment and advanced technology this can be reached.

When your tooth starts to decay, it causes a cavity. A cavity is when your enamel starts to dissipate until the decay reaches the base which will affect the root canal. Symptoms you may have a cavity is having an abnormal tooth ache, and sensitivity to food and beverages and their temperatures.

Tooth cavities present themselves as small brown spots at the crown of your teeth or can be seen between the gaps of your teeth. When decay first sets in, the cavity sight and tooth is relatively painless which is why they usually go unnoticed. It is not until the tooth has decayed to the point of the root canal of the tooth when patients seek treatment. Once this occurs you are likely to experience severe pain.

If you are suffering from toothaches or if you notice discolored spots on your teeth, you should not hesitate to seek dental attention. When your dentist checks your teeth, you will be able to have the cavities filled and taken care of properly to stop decay.  

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