A cavity is the breakdown of a tooth’s protective enamel coating. They’re caused by bad bacteria attacking your teeth. The bad bacteria feed on sugary drinks and sticky foods. Even acids in coffee can cause your teeth’s enamel to erode, creating another opportunity for bacteria to attack.
Consider a tooth to be like a wedge of Swiss cheese and the bacteria that causes the air pockets that make the holes in the cheese to be what your teeth come in contact with. The pocket or cavities appear where the erosion is most concentrated.
But, did you know that one tooth could have up to five different surfaces for cavities to occur?
For example, a molar tooth exposed to sugary drinks or other corrosive foods and drinks, could very well have a cavity on every one of its surfaces – up to 5 – which also means the bigger the filling, the more time, materials and expense required to fix it. (Don’t forget: floss twice daily to clean in between teeth where brushing can’t reach.)
Just as Swiss cheese has different sizes of pockets, teeth can experience different levels of erosion. Depending on how deep the cavity is determines the procedure to repair it. For example if you have level 3 erosion, you may need a crown to cover the filling that goes into the cavity.
Just about everybody knows that one of the reasons to go to the dentist is to make sure you don’t have cavities and if you do, to get them fixed – because unlike some things in our bodies which heal with time, teeth only get worse.
Questions? Just contact my office. Don’t forget, second opinions are free at Wellness Springs Dental.
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