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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?

Luckily, not every cavity is difficult to treat. The simplest cavity to treat is known as a smooth surface decay cavity, also often referred to as a coronal cavity. This type of cavity is easier to treat than more serious types of cavities. Furthermore, smooth surface decay cavities generally grow more slowly than most others.

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.

Finally, another type of cavity is known as root decay. This type of cavity only affects the surface of your teeth’s roots. This type of cavity is more common in adults who have receding gum line. Unfortunately, this type of cavity is also more difficult to treat, and could actually need root canal therapy.

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 Trinity Dental Center at 864-642-4630. Dr. Robert Berkowitz and our team are eager to hear from you soon.