Are you experiencing discomfort when you try to enjoy the occasional sweet treat after dinner, or when you sip your cup of coffee in the morning? Has your sensitivity to hot and cold foods seemed heightened recently? Do you notice grey lines or other discoloration when you look in the mirror? If so, did you know these could all be symptoms of a dental cavity? Cavities are incredibly common. In fact, some studies indicate that nearly 90 percent of adults will struggle with dental cavities. That said, they are preventable through proper dental hygiene and regular checkups and cleanings. If you do find yourself struggling with symptoms of a cavity, though, this is how your restorative dentist could help save your damaged tooth, and restore your overall oral health in the process.
How to Know If There’s a Problem?
While not every person experiences noticeable changes to his or her smile, when struggling with a dental cavity, most patients do notice some warning signs or symptoms, letting them know they have a dental cavity.
In general, if you experience any negative changes in your smile or dental comfort, it is best to schedule a dental appointment, as the teeth cannot repair themselves the way other parts of the body can.
If you experience these symptoms, in particular, you could likely be struggling with a dental cavity, which could require a dental filling, a dental crown or even root canal treatment.
- Heightened sensitivity, especially to sweet foods, or hot or cold foods or beverages
- Discoloration including grey lines or white patches, which could be the layer beneath the enamel becoming exposed
What Does a Filling Do?
Cavities occur when acidic erosion wears away the enamel of the teeth, exposing the layer beneath it, the dentin. The dentin is more sensitive than the teeth’s enamel, which is why many people experience discomfort when they’re struggling with cavities.
Fortunately modern restorative dentistry makes it possible to eliminate this heightened sensitivity, improve the overall oral health and comfort, and it can do so beautifully.
Dental fillings, made of either metal or a composite resin material, help to provide protection for fragile teeth against further decay and even the possibility of infection. They work by sealing the interior portions of the tooth, eliminating the possibility of food particles or bacteria entering into the tooth.
While metal amalgam fillings were once most common, now many dentists and patients prefer the benefits of composite resin fillings. These are sometimes called tooth-colored fillings, because of how closely they can be made to match a patient’s natural smile.
Plus, this material bonds well with teeth, creating a tight seal, and produces less conductivity than metal, making it more comfortable for many patients.
If you are diagnosed with a dental cavity, talk to your dentist about the benefits of choosing a tooth-colored filling!