Are you having a hard time enjoying meals lately, or even coffee breaks, because of discomfort? Have you noticed dark lines on the surface of some of your teeth, or the seemingly sudden appearances of white patches? Did you know that these could all be warning signs of dental caries, or as they are more commonly known, cavities? In fact, some reports indicate that nearly 90 percent of the adults in America will struggle with dental caries. Fortunately, if you do discover that you have a cavity, there are restorative treatment options that can help improve both your comfort and your confidence.
Are There Symptoms of Dental Decay?
Deep discoloration, sensitivity and discomfort are among the most common warning signs of dental cavities. That said, some people may experience all of these, while others don’t experience any. This is one of the reasons that regular preventive checkups are so essential to protecting one’s oral health. Routine exams can help dentists catch cavities early on, when they are still developing, before they have had time to cause severe damage to a tooth. This can, therefore, generally prevent the need for extensive restorative measures like root canal treatment.
Don’t Delay Restorative Treatment
Most cavities, detected and treated early, can be addressed through minimally invasive dental fillings. Modern dental fillings offer both esthetic and comfort benefits, particularly when compared to the metal amalgam fillings that were once common. That is, in part, because the composite resin material used to create tooth-colored filings conducts less heat than metal, and also because it requires less space, more of the healthy parts of the tooth can be preserved.