How Different Types of Cavities Affect Your Teeth

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What have you heard about cavities? Have you heard that tooth decay and cavities are related? You probably also know that there are a number of things you should do to prevent cavities, such as brushing and flossing regularly. You also know that you should visit your dentist to examine the health of your teeth and that having a filling placed might be enough to address tooth decay altogether. However, did you know that there are several different types of cavities?

The simplest type of cavity to treat is the coronal cavity, which is also known as a smooth surface decay cavity. Typically, this type of cavity is caused by plaque buildup because of improper brushing and flossing. This decay is actually found on the outside surface of your teeth and is usually slow growing.

Another type of cavity is known as pit and fissure decay. This type of cavity typically affects the back teeth on the chewing surfaces. Unlike surface decay cavities, pit and fissure decay can become serious extremely quickly. In other words, if you suspect this type of cavity, please remember to visit a dentist as soon as possible.

Finally, another type of cavity is known as root decay. This type of cavity only affects the surface of your teeth’s roots. This type of cavity is more common in adults who have receding gum line. Unfortunately, this type of cavity is also more difficult to treat, and could actually need root canal therapy.

Please note that not all tooth decay will result in cavities. If you’re interested in learning more about cavities, or about how we can treat cavities, please don’t hesitate to contact Oxford Lakes Dental Care at 248-628-2540. Dr. Daniel Sahutske and our team are eager to hear from you soon.


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