Could You Have a Dental Cavity?

Could You Have a Dental Cavity?

Hot summer days often call for trips for ice cream, snow cones, or other refreshing frozen treats. Unfortunately, if you have been suffering from moderate or severe tooth pain then you may have been avoiding your old favorites. While mild sensitivity when enjoying ice-cold items isn’t necessarily cause for concern, heightened tooth sensitivity is a common symptom of a dental cavity. That’s because the layer of tooth beneath the enamel is more sensitive. When it becomes exposed, due to acidic erosion or even trauma, many patients experience uncomfortable tooth sensitivity. The good news is that if you are diagnosed with a cavity, minimally invasive treatment can likely help to improve your comfort and protect your smile.

Don’t Ignore Changes In Tooth Sensitivity, or Discomfort

Again, minor sensitivity, particularly if you only experience it when drinking hot or cold beverages, is not necessarily an indication of enamel damage. Moderate or severe sensitivity, though, is commonly a warning sign of a cavity.

If you notice any negative changes in your smile, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your restorative dentist as soon as possible. Prompt detection and treatment of the issue is the best way to prevent worsening issues, such as painful tooth infections.

Enjoy a Comfortable and Modern Dental Restoration

If you are diagnosed with a cavity, your restorative dentist is likely to recommend a dental filling. Fillings help to prevent further erosion of the teeth’s enamel, which could lead to painful tooth infections.

While fillings were once made mostly from a metal amalgam, the high conductivity rate of metal made them uncomfortable for many patients, particularly when eating. Composite resin offers a more comfortable and more cosmetically appealing alternative.

Need Restorative Treatment?

Restorative treatment helps to prevent dental problems from worsening with time. You can schedule your restorative appointment with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.

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