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Cavities

Tooth Decay begins when the protein of your saliva combines with the sugars and carbohydrates of food particles left on and between your teeth. This combination creates bacteria-laden plaque, from which acid is produced that eats away at the hard enamel shell around your tooth. Left unchecked, a hole will be created in the enamel and a cavity will rapidly form in the softer dentin which lies under the enamel. If the cavity is caught in time, usually a Filling will correct the problem. However, if nothing is done and the decay spreads, the sensitive pulp (nerve) may become involved, often causing an Abscess.

No cavity on x-ray.

 

Months later, cavities that start between the teeth can’t be seen by visual examination, but they can be detected on an x-ray.