Cavities

Diagnosing a Cavity

When a tooth has decayed and developed a cavity, it’s important to remove the decay and restore the tooth. Treatment will stop the decay from growing larger and weakening the tooth, and prevent bacteria from infecting the inner layers of the tooth.

 

Diagnosing a Cavity Using Caries ID

We have a device that can find decay with accuracy and ease. It’s small and light; about the size of a pen. To use it, we first gently clean away any plaque on your teeth. The cavity detector uses light technology to search out even the smallest cavity.

 

Diagnosing a Large Cavity

When a tooth has a large cavity, the best treatment is often to protect the tooth with a crown instead of placing a filling.

 

Diagnosing Pediatric Cavities

Cavities can be hard to see, especially when they’re first starting. That’s why we use a variety of technologies to help find a cavity, no matter how small or hidden away, so your child’s smile can be free of decay.

 

Post-Natal Cavity Risk

Children are born without any cavity-causing bacteria in their mouths. Where do they get the bacteria? From you. Caries, the disease that causes cavities, is infectious and can be passed from caregiver to infant children, just like cold and flu germs.

 

Pre-Natal Cavity Risk

Caring for your baby’s teeth starts even before your baby is born. Early in your pregnancy, between weeks six and eight, your baby’s teeth are developing. They start to harden at the fourth month.

 

What is a Cavity?

A cavity is a hole in your tooth caused by tooth decay. It can be very painful and make it difficult to eat. Here’s how a cavity is formed.

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