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Did you know that cavities are simply another name for tooth decay? Fortunately, the number of cavities Americans have every year has decreased significantly. This is due in large part to increased awareness of the importance of oral health, including brushing and flossing to prevent cavities. But tooth decay is still a major problem in many areas. How much do you know about the various types of cavities?

The simplest type of cavity to treat is the coronal cavity, which is also known as a smooth surface decay cavity. Typically, this type of cavity is caused by plaque buildup because of improper brushing and flossing. This decay is actually found on the outside surface of your teeth and is usually slow growing.

Another type of cavity is known as pit and fissure decay. This type of cavity typically affects the back teeth on the chewing surfaces. Unlike surface decay cavities, pit and fissure decay can become serious extremely quickly. In other words, if you suspect this type of cavity, please remember to visit a dentist as soon as possible.

A final type of cavity, which is generally called root decay, is more likely to affect adults than children. Sadly, this type of cavity can be fairly difficult to address. In fact, root decay could even require root canal therapy to resolve. Fortunately, root canal therapy is actually relatively painless. In fact, most patients who’ve had a cavity filled and had root canal therapy say the two are fairly comparable.

Please note that not all tooth decay will result in cavities. If you’re interested in learning more about cavities, or about how we can treat cavities, please don’t hesitate to contact LC Chilimigras at (269) 964-7660. Dr. L.C. Chilimigras and our team are eager to hear from you soon.