No one enjoys a dental cavity. They can be uncomfortable and put your smile at risk of developing serious complications. While we can most definitely treat them and restore the health and function of your smile, we also want people to understand how easily they can be avoided. Let’s look at what you can to do prevent cavities.
Try Our Quiz on Cavity Prevention
- True or False: What we eat can lead to decay.
- True or False: A toothache can be a potential warning sign.
- True or False: Without treatment, the decay can lead to an infection.
- True or False: We can treat cavities with a lifelike filling.
- True. When we consume foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches, bacteria can break down the particles stuck on or between the teeth. In the process, oral acidity can increase and tooth enamel can weaken, making the onset of decay more likely. Other factors can include teeth grinding or injury to the teeth.
- True. Patients with a cavity may initially notice tooth sensitivity too hot or cold temperatures and eventually, a toothache. While an aching tooth can also result from a sinus infection or changes in air pressure, one that persists for more than 48 hours could be related to cavities and require an examination.
- True. Over time, the decay will continue to grow until bacteria reaches the pulp, allowing an infection to arise that can eventually threaten the stability of your smile. Treating a cavity early on is important!
- True. We can place a metal-free composite filling in a single visit to restore your tooth. For more serious cases, we can also place a lifelike dental crown. In fact, with CEREC technology we can create and place the crown in just one visit.
To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.