What are Microcavities?

Midtown Dentistry's Truth in Pricing Scale:
4.6/5
Patient tips:

Many Financing options:

Our 5 locations:

Contact us:

What are Microcavities?

Microcavities or surface cavities are the earliest indicators that a tooth is undergoing a decay process.

Not all cavities will progress and require a “drill-and-fill” treatment. Understanding the concept of microcavities is relevant in deciding — “to treat or not to treat?”

If your dentist says you have one of these, you may breathe a sigh of relief. But, you should still ask your dentist on how to keep your teeth healthy!

At Midtown Dentistry, we believe in the power of preventive dentistry.

Can a small cavity go away?

Small cavities are decay on the tooth enamel and can be slowed down or even stopped.

Some ways to do this are regularly brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and avoiding sugary foods.

Let’s review the layers that make up our teeth.

Our teeth have three different layers:

  1. The outermost hard enamel
  2. The softer underlying dentin
  3. The innermost pulp, which contains the blood vessels and nerves.

Microcavities are cavities found only on the enamel layer.

Enamel, being the most mineralized tissue in our body, can gain back some of its minerals when damaged.

Do Microcvavities need to be filled?

You do not have to fill surface cavities or microcavities since there are ways to reverse the decay process at this stage without having to drill your tooth.

One of the best methods is the use of fluoride, either through toothpaste, varnishes,

oral cavities or gels. Fluoride replaces minerals lost in enamel to stop the decay process.

Another method is by placing sealants on the chewing surfaces of your molars to cover deep grooves where food and bacteria may stay. The sealant creates a surface that you can easily clean at home!

What happens to an untreated Microcavity?

A cavity left untreated will only attract more food and bacteria over time and the decay process will continue. When an open cavity is beginning to form, it’s recommended to have your tooth filled immediately.

Once the deeper layers are reached, irreversible damage takes place. A tooth may exhibit symptoms such as prolonged sensitivity or pain when drinking hot or cold drinks, eating sweets, when being touched or when chewing.

In this case, more extensive treatment such as root canal treatment or a tooth extraction will be needed depending on the extent of the damage.

What are the early signs of a cavity?

Although a white or brown spot on the tooth surface could be a stain, it could also be an early sign of tooth decay. It often goes unnoticed because you may not feel any pain from the tooth or you may experience only slight sensitivity to cold or hot drinks.

The best way to confirm whether or not you have a cavity is to have your dentist examine your teeth!

Houston Most Searched Dental Procedures

” They are all very welcoming, professional and knowledgeable, especially hygienist Loan Pham. I recently got braces and my  teeth look and feel great every time I leave her chair, even now with braces – she’s amazing.”

  • Kathryn Aymond Avatar

    I have been going to Midtown Dentistry Pearland for about 4 years now. Appointments... read more

    Kathryn Aymond 3/26/2021
    Daniel Huvard Avatar

    Wanted to give a shout out to Dr. Milman, Loan, and the dentistry team... read more

    Daniel Huvard 3/17/2021
    John Anger Avatar

    I have been going to Midtown Dentistry for years. My dental hygienist is Loan, and... read more

    John Anger 3/01/2021
  • Brian Coleman Avatar

    Great place to get the chompers cleaned up. Staff if happy and the space... read more

    Brian Coleman 2/28/2021
    Mrs. Kelly Avatar

    I have had the pleasure of being seen by Dr. Penchas , Dr. Milman and... read more

    Mrs. Kelly 2/26/2021
    Joel K Avatar

    Been going here for years and the service and care is outstanding. Lon does... read more

    Joel K 2/25/2021
  • Cooking with KJ Self Proclaimed Chef Avatar

    The atmosphere and energy created by the staff here is amazingly welcoming. This is hospitality... read more

    Cooking with KJ Self Proclaimed Chef 2/25/2021
    Taylor Knopp Avatar

    Everyone here is kind, friendly, and patient. The visits are super quick which is a... read more

    Taylor Knopp 2/10/2021
    Eileen Elfezouaty Avatar

    Anna, my dental hygienist, was wonderful. I highly recommend both her and Midtown Dentistry.... read more

    Eileen Elfezouaty 2/04/2021
24/7 Appointment NOW
Select an office
make your appointment
or call direct