Cavities are a disease. They occur when the bacteria in dental plaque attack hard tooth tissue. The external layer—the enamel—is affected first. The cavity then progresses toward the inside of the tooth, affecting the dentine and eventually the pulp, where the nerve and blood vessels are located.
Preventive cavity detection
The affection can be detected at a dental check-up using traditional diagnostic methods and modern technologies, such as:
- Visual examination
- Dental explorer
- Digital x-rays
- Intraoral camera
Cavities can progress quickly. When caught early, they are easy to treat. Serious cavities can be very painful and require root canal treatment. You could even lose the tooth. Early cavity detection during dental check-ups is very important. Your dentist will check for it when you come in for regular cleaning, which we recommend every six months.