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What is Inside a Cavity?

Posted on 9/20/2016 by Dr. Justin Lai
A woman receiving a dental filling.Not everyone fully understands the whole concept of cavities. It is not some random occurrence where a hole shows up in your tooth, but rather an expansion from a bit of decay that has started somewhere in or on your tooth.

It could have started between your teeth from missed food particles or it could have begun inside your tooth where your enamel was weak and particles got inside. But once a cavity is in your tooth, what is actually in that hole?

The Inner Workings of a Cavity

The hole in your tooth is caused by tooth decay, so what is in that hole is decaying dentin and enamel in most cases. What your dentist is doing when you get a filling is taking the drill and scraping off the decayed part of the tooth and replacing that decay with a filling to help keep your tooth strong. You can get a few different types of fillings, but each are meant to keep anything from getting in that hole and making the decay worse than it already is.

Once your dentist puts a filling in the place where that cavity once was, your tooth should be able to be used as it normally was before the cavity showed up. You do have to be careful when you have a filling, as super sticky substances can occasionally pull fillings out, but as long as you are eating and chewing carefully, your filling should last you many years before it would need to be replaced.

If you believe that one or more of your teeth has a cavity, then give your dentist a call before your next six-month checkup. They can take a peek inside your mouth or do another set of x-rays and see what is going on inside each of your teeth to be sure.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your oral health.

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From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.

Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.

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