Dental cavities are areas of destruction on the teeth caused by the presence of harmful and destructive bacterial plaque. The bacteria that form plaque are present in different levels in everyone’s mouth. Some people have a more destructive level or type of bacteria present while others may have teeth that are more susceptible to the effects of plaque. These conditions lead to more frequent and/or more severe tooth decay.
Tooth decay starts as a small painless area on a tooth, but if left untreated almost always grows in size and severity. Although decay starts on the tooth enamel, it can spread quickly once the outer protective layer has been breached. The interior and even the nerve of the tooth are then susceptible to the spreading decay. Small and medium sized cavities almost never cause pain, but deep and/or large cavities can cause severe pain and require root-canals or extractions to relieve pain as well as restore oral heath. Therefore, it is very important to have cavities treated before they cause any pain. If they are treated while they are small, costly and more complex dental procedures can often be avoided.
Tooth decay is a very serious problem in America costing patients millions of dollars per year in dental expenses and lost wages. Our caring dentists and hygienists strive to educate and assist all of our patients in ensuring the most effective and efficient removal of plaque. With proper dental care and good oral hygiene, people can prevent tooth decay, maintain their teeth and end up spending far less time and money at the dental office. The caring dental professionals at Dental Health Experts will take the time to help you do what it takes to prevent and treat tooth decay and cavities.