Is your favorite part of each morning the stop you make for a piping hot cup of coffee? Lately, has tooth sensitivity put a damper on that daily routine? What about sharing dessert on date night, or stealing one of the cookies you put in your kids’ lunchboxes? Heightened to moderate tooth sensitivity is not uncommon. Unfortunately, it is often a warning sign of enamel erosion, the kind that leads to dental caries, or cavities, as they are more commonly called. Fortunately, if you do find yourself struggling with sensitivity or even discomfort, your restorative dentist could help you protect your smile, and restore your comfort!
What Are the Warning Signs of Decay?
Sensitivity and discomfort are among the most common warning signs of dental caries. That said, they’re not the only indicators of enamel damage. Discoloration is another common warning.
Whether your teeth are showing patches of grey or black matter, or even white patches on the surface of the teeth, these could be indication that the enamel has become eroded, making it susceptible to cavities, and if, untreated, to painful tooth infections.
How Can a Dentist Help Save My Tooth?
To address most dental cavities, dentists recommend tooth-fillings, which are minimally invasive and can generally be completed in a single office visit. Perhaps best of all, modern fillings can be made of a tooth-colored material called composite resin, which not only allows for more natural-looking restorations than the metal fillings that were once common, but it is also more comfortable in most instances. That’s because the resin conducts less heat than metal.