Could You Have a Dental Cavity?

Girl with Dental Cavity

Mild sensitivity when enjoying ice-cold items isn’t necessarily cause for concern. Do you enjoy sitting beside the fire and drink a cup of hot chocolate, apple cider, or coffee. Unfortunately, if these hot beverages are causing you discomfort, it could be due to a dental cavity. Nearly 90 percent of the adults in America will experience dental cavities, which can lead to heightened sensitivity, and eventually outright discomfort. Untreated, they can also lead to painful infections, which require extensive restorative treatment.

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 dental cavity.

It is important to remember that, while the teeth are strong, they are still susceptible to acidic erosion, such as that caused by highly acidic drinks, and also sugar consumption. That is because the plaque bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars, so the more you consume the more likely you are to struggle with dental decay.

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.

Teeth can’t repair themselves

Teeth with dental cavities can’t repair themselves in the same way the skin can, so the longer an issue goes unaddressed by restorative treatment, the more likely infection is to occur, along with more visible damage.

Prompt Restoration Can Help to Save a Smile

In most cases, dental cavities can be treated with minimally invasive tooth-colored fillings. These are designed to be both natural-looking and restorative, by helping to seal the fragile tooth from further wear or bacteria.

These modern alternatives to traditional metal fillings are made of a composite resin material that bonds tightly with teeth, creating a great seal, and yet it is also made to look natural, allowing for both comfort and confidence.

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 for a Dental Cavity?

Make sure to see the dentist if you begin experiencing any warning signs of decay, such as deep discoloration, heightened sensitivity or discomfort.

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.