To put it simply, a cavity is the decay of a tooth. This decay creates a soft hole in the tooth and over time can weaken the tooth. If not treated by your dentist, other problematic dental issues can occur over time.
Cavities develop for many different reasons such as wear-and-tear over time, bacteria trapped in the crevasses, teeth form and shape, and fermentable carbohydrates (glucose, fructose, sugar), acidic foods.
A dentist will specifically check for cavities during a regular visit but you may have discomfort prior to your appointment. It’s important to make an appointment if you’re experiencing any discomfort or sensitivities before the cavity worsens. A small cavity can often times be treated re-mineralization that attempts to repair the tooth decay. To treat a larger cavity, a dentist will repair the tooth to prevent further decay by implementing a filling.
At Dr. Hobbs’ office, your health is our priority. Our goal is to understand your needs, empower you with knowledge about your oral health to allow you to make informed choices and then respect your decisions. If you have any questions regarding your dental health we would be happy to hear from you!