Do you dread hearing that you have a cavity? Even if you take care of your oral health, it could still happen. So, let’s explore how to notice cavities earlier, get a filling, and prevent future cavities.
Do You Have a Cavity?
Here are some early warning signs that you might have a cavity:
- Tooth pain.
- Sensitivity to cold or hot.
- Visible pits or holes on a tooth surface.
- Pain connected to sweet foods or beverages.
- Toothaches without obvious cause.
- Dark tooth stains.
- Pain during biting.
Tooth pain often signals a problem, such as a cavity, infection, gum injury, or other oral health issues.
But sometimes a cavity doesn’t hurt. A small cavity can create a hole in the tooth surface without touching nerves to cause pain. This might be a surprise during an exam, but we’ll place a filling to prevent major damage.
Get a Painless Filling
Fillings don’t hurt these days. They involve an uncomplicated, quick procedure. Our team will numb your tooth and get you comfortable. During the process, the dentist will:
- Replace lost tooth material
- Stop any bacterial infection in its tracks
- Restore the beauty of your tooth by picking a filling color that blends in with your natural tooth material
If you brush and floss regularly, you improve your chances of preventing cavities altogether. And even if you do get a cavity, you’ll probably only need the smallest of fillings.
Plus, it’s important to schedule checkups spaced six months apart. With x-rays and close examinations, we can catch small cavities that are easy to repair. More difficult fillings are necessary only if a cavity is untreated for a long time.
Dr. Rosenfeld can also provide nutrition and hygiene advice that you can incorporate into your daily routine.
Get a Solana Beach Dental Checkup to Prevent Cavities
Regular checkups with your dentist will protect your oral health and even improve your overall physical health. Call Robert Rosenfeld DDS today to schedule your next visit.