Everything You Need to Know About Cavities
Cavities are small areas of decay that form on the surfaces of teeth. Once a cavity forms, it can only be treated by a dentist. Fortunately, cavities can be corrected in one short visit to our Chicago, IL, dental practice. Once Dr. Robert Hessberger has treated your tooth, you can enjoy restored oral health and relief from oral pain. Our dental practice welcomes patients from throughout Niles, Norridge, and Park Ridge.
What Causes Cavities?
Tooth decay results from the interaction of food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Plaque is a clear, sticky biofilm that develops on the surface of teeth. With proper oral hygiene habits, regular dental cleanings, and a healthy diet, plaque can be prevented from causing cavities. Otherwise, bacteria feed on sugars in your mouth, and acid is released. This acid demineralizes and eventually erodes the surface of your teeth.
Once a small cavity has formed, it will continue to grow. Left untreated, the decay can eventually reach the more sensitive inner tissue of the tooth, known as the pulp. An infection in this area can require root canal therapy or even tooth extraction to restore your oral health.