Cavities form when the protective layer on each tooth, called the enamel, breaks down due to sugary foods and bacteria. When left untreated, cavities can cause serious pain, discomfort, swelling, and even tooth decay.
Cavities are typically caused by:
- Improper brushing techniques
- Lack of, or improper, flossing habits
- Sugary foods
- A diet low in nutrients
Prevention and early treatment are both crucial to stopping the damaging effects of tooth decay. If a cavity is removed and filled early in its development, the patient will be saved from further decay and, eventually, tooth loss. In other words, the sooner you come in to see us for a cavity treatment, the better!
What Are Cavity Fillings?
A dental filling is a restorative dentistry treatment used to replace areas that have been lost to tooth decay. Fillings can also be used to repair tooth fractures or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Cavity fillings can be made from porcelain, resin, gold, or amalgam (silver) material. Typically, resin fillings are preferred for their ability to match the color of the natural tooth, though porcelain and metal fillings have better durability and longevity.
When Should I See a Lenoir Dentist for my Cavity?
As we mentioned above—as soon as possible! The longer you wait to have a cavity treated, the more enamel will be lost to tooth decay.
Early symptoms of cavities can sometimes be difficult to recognize. If you are experiencing any kind of pain, discomfort, or sensitivity when you bite or chew, schedule a dental appointment with Lower Creek Family Dentistry as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
Lastly, it is important to maintain your 6-month checkups and cleanings to prevent cavities from forming and identify those that have. Even the best brushers and flossers cannot access as much of the teeth as a professional dentist and dental hygienist can.
Think you might have a cavity? Don’t put off treatment any longer! Click here to request an appointment with our Lenoir dentist office.