Have you been foregoing your morning cup of coffee for a cup of lukewarm water, instead? Did you ditch your last ice cream cone, after one bite, because of dental discomfort? If you have been experiencing heightened sensitivity or dental pain, recently, it could be due to a cavity. Cavities are incredibly common. In fact, over 90 percent of adults will experience them. Fortunately, a cavity does not have to mean the end of your beautiful smile. On the contrary, modern restorative dentistry makes it possible to bounce back from a cavity with a healthy and beautifully restored smile.
How Do You Know for Sure?
First, your dentist will need to determine if you do, in fact, have a cavity. Increased sensitivity and discoloration are common symptoms of cavities. Still, your dentist will likely require an X-ray to adequately diagnose the dental issue, and then devise a treatment plan accordingly.
In many cases, a cavity is best treated through a minimally invasive procedure of adding a dental filling. These fillings can be an effective way of protecting a damaged tooth, by sealing it against further erosion. This also helps prevent bacteria from entering into the tooth, which could lead to a painful infection.
In order for a filling to be effective restorative treatment, though, the cavity needs to be detected and treated early. The longer a cavity progresses, the more likely extensive treatment will be required. So if you want to avoid root canal treatment, much less an extraction, schedule a dental appointment if you suspect you have a cavity. And remember, regular checkups and cleanings are the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and cavity-free!