Posted on 4/20/2020 by Dynamic Dental Office
Your teeth are more likely to develop cavities if plaque is not adequately removed. Some people tend to ignore cavities, hoping they might go away on their own. Minor damage to enamel can repair itself if you take good care of your teeth. However, not all cavities are the same.
Types of CavitiesBelow are the most common types of cavities:
Root DecayThis type of cavity occurs on the surface of the tooth root. This is most common in older adults who have receding gums.
Pits and Fissure DecayThis is perhaps the most common type of all cavities and occurs on the chewing surface of the molars. This can be prevented with good oral care, but if left untreated, the damage can become severe.
Smooth Surface DecayThis decay occurs on the outside of the flat surface of your teeth. This damage may be reversible if treated with fluoride on time.
How to Treat Different Types of CavitiesAt Dynamic Dental Care, we have a wide range of treatment options to repair the damage to your teeth. The right treatment is dictated by the severity of the cavity.
FillingsDental fillings are used to repair mild-to-moderate cavities. We will drill out the decay from your tooth and seal it with an appropriate material to restore the strength and integrity of your tooth. Typically, cavities on the front teeth are fixed with composite resin, though you may require amalgam or gold to fix your back teeth.
CrownsWhen too much tooth structure is lost, we may recommend a crown. A large filling may further weaken the tooth, so we will try to restore what's left of your tooth and cover it with an alloy or porcelain-based crown.
Root Canal TherapyWhen the infection has penetrated the tooth pulp, your tooth may have to undergo a root canal therapy. Extensive decay can damage the tooth nerve and cause severe pain and tissue loss. During root canal therapy, we will remove the damaged nerve and the infected pulp, seal the tooth and cover it with a crown.
Tooth ExtractionAlthough our priority is always to save your tooth, in cases of severe damage, it is better to have the tooth extracted, so that it does not continue to damage tissue or infect nearby teeth. Good oral care regimen and regular dental visits are the only ways you can prevent cavities. If you suspect you have cavities, visit us atDynamic Dental Care so that Dr. Huish or can check what kind of cavities you have and treat them. Remember that a big cavity can damage your tooth beyond recovery so it is best to seek dental aid as soon as possible.