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Smile Town Childrens Dentist Burnaby, Langley, North Delta
SmileTown Dentistry & Orthodontics in Burnaby

Burnaby Location

Get your child ready for a safari when they visit our jungle-themed practice at 4460 Beresford St. in Burnaby.

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North Delta Location

It's all beach balls & water fun at our beach-themed North Delta practice located at 7511 120th Street.

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SmileTown Dentistry & Orthodontics in Langley

Langley Location

Our underwater-themed Langley practice is conveniently located in Willoughby Town Centre.

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How cavities are found?

Posted Jun 28th, 2016

Whenever a tooth breaks down or decays, this results to a cavity. Cavities, also known as caries, must be treated by a dentist immediately as they can become bigger and cavernous if left unattended.

Cavities are a prevalent health condition around the world. They are common among kids, teens, and older adults. In fact, any person with teeth, even infants can get cavities.

Diagnosing cavities hasn’t changed that much since the 1800’s. Normally, cavities are diagnosed using a “stick” by healthcare professionals. Probing and X-rays can only detect subsurface decay, especially during the early stages of a cavity. Once a cavity advances to the ‘stick’ level, an injection is needed to fill in the cavity due to the progression of the decay.

Dentists can normally detect tooth decay through:

  • Inquiring tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Oral examination
  • Probing the teeth using dental tools to assess for soft parts
  • Using dental X-rays to determine the degree of decay and cavities
Through such examinations, your Vancouver pediatric dentists can also determine the type of cavity that you have, which can be smooth surface, pit and fissure, or root.

Cavities can also be detected by signs and symptoms experienced by the patient, such as:

1. Pain - tingling pain that’s normally self-triggered is the first pain. If your tooth is aching without being triggered, this is usually a sign of infected nerves.

2. Sensitivity - a tooth that has cavities is extremely sensitive to temperature changes, which is common. Tooth sensitivity begins as the top coating of the enamel decays, which affects the layer underneath.

3. Bad Breath - this is caused by many things, and the cavity is among them. Cavities become a place for bacterial growth, which results to bad breath.

4. Dark Spot or a Hole in the Tooth - this is considered as the most guaranteeing sign of tooth cavity. If you see a developing hole in your tooth, it means that your enamel has started to erode. An x-ray can determine if the hole is due to a cavity.

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