Cavities: What Are They And How Can They Be Treated? Posted on 6/8/2020 by Sundberg Office Your teeth are incredibly strong. Despite their strength, however, they can still develop cavities. Cavities are one of the most common dental issues. While frequently associated with children, cavities can affect anyone of any age. When they develop, they need treatment right away. At PDX Center for Dentistry, we can provide you with the treatment you need and help you to prevent new cavities from developing.
What Exactly is a Cavity?
A cavity is a pit that forms on the surface of a tooth. It develops as a result of untreated decay. Decay occurs when the acids produced by plaque and bacteria linger too long on your teeth. These acids erode your enamel, or eat away at it, leaving a weak spot. Over time, the decay can worsen and the cavity forms.
Risk Factors for Cavities
There are many factors that can increase your risk of developing cavities. Risk factors include:• Poor oral hygiene. • Tobacco use. • Dry mouth. • A diet high in sugars or carbohydrates. • Diabetes. • Your age.
Cavities need to be treated. Without treatment, they only continue to grow larger, compromising the structure of the tooth and its health. One of the most common treatments for cavities is a filling. This treatment uses amalgam or composite resin to fill in the cavity, preventing further damage and restoring your oral health. For larger cavities, particularly those on the chewing surfaces of your molars, you may require an inlay or onlay. These are indirect fillings that are made in a lab using an impression of your tooth. For more significant cavities, a dental crown may be needed. This is a cap that encases the entire tooth preventing more damage and protecting the tooth from infection. Cavities are common, but they are treatable as well as preventable. If you have any questions or concerns, or want to schedule an appointment, contact PDX Center for Dentistry today at (503) 546-9079.