Cavities are also known as tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most serious and dangerous dental issues, especially because it can compromise the entire health of the smile if you let it. It’s best to prevent cavities by cleaning and caring for your teeth and gums regularly. To help you know more about cavities, our dentist, Dr. Szilard Zombor, is happy to answer the following frequently asked questions:
What causes cavities?
Plaque causes cavities. Plaque is a white, sticky film that develops when food particles and bacteria mix with the saliva in your mouth. While it forms on the teeth, it attacks the enamel. This wears the enamel down and allows the plaque to create a hole in the tooth, which is a cavity.
What happens if I ignore a cavity?
The cavity spreads if you ignore it. It first attacks the outer surface of the tooth. Then, it attacks the inner surfaces, like the pulp, nerve, and root. It can then create an infection in the gums. If it’s still left untreated, it can spread to the surrounding teeth.
What are the treatments available for fixing cavities?
If a cavity is small, a dental filling can treat it. If a cavity is bigger, a dental inlay or onlay can fix it. If a cavity is even bigger, a dental crown can fix it. If the cavity has reached the deep inner surfaces and root of the tooth, a root canal treatment can help. If the cavity has compromised the entire tooth, tooth extraction is likely necessary.
Call Concept Dental today at 425-697-3907 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about cavities in Lynnwood, Washington. Our dental team is more than happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!