3 Kinds Of Cavities You Could Have

Have you always thought that all cavities are the same? This is incorrect, since there are several kinds of cavities that can develop in your teeth. Be aware of what these 3 kinds are and what they mean for your teeth.

Root Cavities

A root cavity will attack a tooth's root and is very dangerous for several reasons. These types of cavities tend to spread fast and can get to the tooth's nerves and create an infection. It's also a cavity that is very hard for a dentist to treat. The cavity is often discovered while taking x-rays, since it is difficult to see with just your eyes. If the cavity becomes too large, it can even cause the tooth to break. Unfortunately, many people do not notice root cavities in early stages because they don't usually cause pain.

All of these problems are possible since the root of a tooth doesn't have a protective layer of enamel, making it easier to harm than other parts of a tooth. This type of cavity is likely to happen to older people that have issues with recessed gums, with tooth discoloration being a potential sign of the cavity.

Fissure and Pit Cavities

This cavity will form in the part of the tooth that is depressed for chewing. It is more common in the rear teeth because they are used most often for chewing, are flat, and will have the cracks and pits that these cavities form in. The cavity is often caused by remnants of food that are left on the tooth from not brushing.

Fissure and pit cavities are treated by using fillings, making the pits bigger so they do not trap food, or using dental sealants.

Surface Decay

Surface decay occurs in places where the tooth is flat, and it can happen when plaque and bacteria are allowed to build up on the surface. It's not a serious type of cavity, but it has the potential to spread if it's not treated. Thankfully, it is an easy cavity to prevent by brushing and flossing regularly to remove that surface level bacteria found on or between your teeth.

While some cavities will be more problematic than others, every kind could lead to potential tooth loss when ignored. For more information about cavities, be sure to ask your dentist during your next scheduled cleaning or click to find out more. Your dentist can provide tips to care for your teeth and prevent all three types of cavities from occurring.