Cavities are small pits or holes that occur in teeth as a result of tooth decay. Cavities are probably the most common oral health problem: every person is likely to have at least one cavity (and often more) in their lifetime. But just because they are common doesn’t mean they aren’t a big deal. Cavities can develop into bigger, painful problems and can even lead to tooth loss as tooth decay increases.
How Do Cavities Happen?
Through the process of tooth decay, the enamel or hard outer layer of the teeth is worn and weakened. Certain spots are weakened, and may continue to weaken and develop into a cavity. Dr. Ryan Mooney will catch cavities in your semi-annual (twice yearly) dental exams and can be treated early, before they develop into a larger problem.
How Are Cavities Treated?
Cavities are fixed with tooth fillings. To fill a tooth, the tooth is numbed and decayed tooth material is removed. Dr. Mooney then fills the cavity with a porcelain filling or a composite filling that is the same color as your natural teeth. This will restore the tooth’s structure and function and strength while stopping tooth decay in its tracks.
If you have a toothache or other dental emergency, you don’t have to live with the pain! Call Mooney Dental — we’re available to help get you the relief you need. Dr. Mooney also offers preventive dental care to stop tooth decay before it turns into a cavity.