No matter how good your oral hygiene habits and overall oral health, it is likely that over the course of your life, you will develop a dental cavity. Cavities are extremely common, and anyone with teeth — whether children, adults, or the elderly — can get them. As a cavity develops, you might not feel discomfort right away. This can be dangerous as a lack of pain does not mean that a cavity is not getting worse. There are, however, some signs of dental cavities that you should be aware of so that you can get the help you need before your cavity develops into something more challenging to repair.
If you or someone close to you is struggling with a dental cavity or in need of restorative dentistry, the Dental Center of Norcross has a solution for you. Reach out to us online or at 678.504.6422 to learn more.
What Is a Dental Cavity?
A dental cavity is a tiny hole in a tooth that is the result of tooth decay. The cause is always bacterial; the tiny organisms that live in all of our mouths are continuously producing a substance that we refer to as “plaque,” which causes the decay that forms cavities. There is no way to avoid the fact that these bacteria live in your mouth. You can, however, avoid tooth decay and dental cavities by practicing good oral hygiene, getting regular dental cleanings, and avoiding foods that feed these bacteria, like sugary drinks.
Treating Dental Cavities
When dental cavities go untreated, they grow in size and affect deeper and deeper layers of tissue. They can eventually so deep that they being to damage the root and can effectively kill the tooth. Treating this depth of cavity requires an invasive procedure called a “root canal.” Simply put, when dental cavities go untreated, they put you at risk of tooth loss and infection, which is why it is essential to see your dentist if you suspect you have one.
The procedure is far less complicated and painful than it might seem. Your dentist will first numb the area around the tooth and then use a drill and other dental tools to clean the decay out of the infected area. Finally, they will fill the dental cavity where the infection used to be. We typically use dental fillings that are made of either compound resin or silver amalgam, although there are many other options as well.
At the Dental Center of Norcross, you can be assured that your dentist will discuss all of your options and help you make choices that are right for you. The entire process of filling a dental cavity takes place in one session at your dentist’s office. However, if you are aware of what signs of dental cavities you should be looking out for, you can ensure that they do not become a problem that requires much more than a simple dental filling.
Signs of a Dental Cavity
Even though your dentist will use several tools, including X-rays, to identify tooth decay, you can identify the beginnings of a dental cavity yourself and make an appointment accordingly. Some signs you have or are developing a dental cavity are:
- Bad breath
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Tooth sensitivity or pain when eating or drinking very hot or very cold things
- Sharp pain that results from tooth damage
- Light or dark spots on the teeth
- Visible holes or other damage in the teeth
- Bleeding when you floss or brush
The best way to treat a dental cavity is to prevent them. And the best way to prevent them is by taking care of your teeth and gums and knowing what to look for if you suspect that a dental cavity is developing. If you experience any of the above, make an appointment with an experienced dentist like the ones at the Dental Center of Norcross right away.
Contact the Dental Center of Norcross Today
The expert dentists at the Dental Center of Norcross are committed to providing the highest level of care to each of our patients. From family dentistry and pediatric dentistry to filling dental cavities and restorative dentistry, the Dental Center of Norcross can take care of all of your oral health needs. Contact the Dental Center of Norcross online today or call 678.504.6422 for a free consultation.