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The Stages of a Cavity

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No one likes to hear that they have a cavity. Tooth decay can wreak havoc on your oral health if not treated in a timely manner. Without intervention, cavities are progressive. In other words, they grow. Like many other diseases and health conditions, it is important to detect cavities at their earliest and most treatable stage. Here’s a closer look at what cavities are and how they are categorized in stages.

What are cavities exactly? In simplest terms, a cavity is a hole in the tooth. Cavities form when oral bacteria feed on the sugars and carbohydrates from your food or drink. In the process, these bacteria acids that can eat away at the enamel (outer layer) of your teeth. This is why daily brushing and flossing is so important in preventing tooth decay, as it is the best way to eliminate sugars and carbs from lingering on your teeth and becoming food for the bacteria in your mouth.

Stage 1
Stage 1 cavities are early cavities, and ones that do not typically cause any pain. They may show up on a dental x-ray or be visible to your dentist as a small gray spot or area of missing enamel. At this early stage, the decay has not reached past the outer tooth layer and is easily repaired.

Stage 2
If left alone, a stage 1 cavity can quickly progress to stage 2, at which point it grows deeper and enters the next layer of your tooth, called the dentin layer. Stage 2 cavities can cause pain and make the tooth more vulnerable to damage.

Stage 3
It is very rare not to feel a stage 3 cavity, as this indicates decay that now invading the inner nerves or pulp of the tooth. Stage 3 cavities need to be treated right away to avoid bacterial infection of the tooth pulp and significant pain and swelling.

Stage 4
A stage 4 cavity has fully destroyed the enamel and dentin layer of a tooth and caused damage to the tooth pulp. At this stage, the tooth can be hard to restore without a root canal and dental crown.

If left alone, a stage 4 cavity can cause serious consequences. Untreated decay can not only result in tooth loss or a dental abscess, but the infection can also enter the bloodstream and be life-threatening in severe cases.

Cavities are nothing to take lightly. However, when detected at their early stages, we can treat cavities very easily and quickly. The best way to ensure your tooth decay is not progressing into serious stages is to visit your dentist every six months. Call Dr. Mitzi Morris today to book your cavity prevention visit this year.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

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  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

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