Dental cavity is defined as a structural damage (holes in the tooth enamel) in the tooth. They are also commonly called as tooth decay or caries. It commonly affects children and adults.
- Poor oral hygiene
- Bacterial infection
- Plaque formation that may turn into tar and lead to cavities
- Excessive intake of carbohydrates (sugars and starches)
- You may experience toothache
- Pain while biting down
- Sensitivity to heat, cold and sweets
- Visible holes or black spots in the teeth
- In case, your toothache worsens, you need to see a dentist for a dental check-up.
- The dentist will ask you get a dental X-ray done. He may also probe your denture and look for soft spots.
- The severity of the dental cavity shall help the dentist decide the treatment for the same. In most cases, the dentist removes the decayed part of the tooth and fills the gap using an alloy of silver and gold.
- He may also use caps and crowns to treat the tooth cavity in case the decay is extensive
- In case the nerve in the tooth dies from the decay/ injury, you may be recommended to get a root canal done.
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