One in four adults in the United States has an untreated cavity right now, according to the National Institutes of Health.
So, what are cavities, and how do you know if you have one? When you have tooth decay, you may notice:
- Brown or black spots on your teeth
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Pain when you bite into something
- Holes in your teeth
Do Your Part to Fight Cavities
Cavities happen to nearly everyone. They are a common but easily treatable dental problem.
Even so, you should do what you can to prevent them. That includes:
- Brushing twice daily for two minutes at a time
- Flossing daily to clean between your teeth and gums
- Regular professional cleanings and exams
- Sealants and fluoride treatments
Decay is the result of the demineralization of the enamel of your teeth. As more of the tooth decays, you begin to notice the symptoms mentioned above.
If you have anxiety about going to the dentist, you may postpone getting treatment. This can allow the decay to reach deeper into your tooth. That can lead to infections, which may require more invasive and more expensive treatments for your dental problem.
We offer sedation at our practice to keep you calm and pain-free throughout your appointments. This can make it easier for you to get your fillings.
Take Action to Address the Problem
When you develop tooth decay, it’s best to take care of it as soon as you are able.
To get a filling, you first need to call 503-210-9802 for an appointment. Once you are here, we can remove the decay from your tooth and prepare it for a filling.
You can receive a composite filling, which is sometimes known as a tooth-colored filling. The resin used for these fillings can be shaded and polished. This way, it looks like a natural part of your smile, unlike metal fillings.
For most people, a filling is plenty to repair a decayed tooth.
If the cavity is large, a dental crown may be a better choice. To get a crown, your tooth is reshaped into an abutment. This is where your crown is bonded to your tooth.
Should your cavity lead to a tooth infection, a root canal will be necessary to get your tooth back in shape. In the worst-case scenario, your decay to leave the tooth so damaged that it can’t be fixed. That’s when you will need to remove and replace it.
Get Your Smile Back
Tooth fillings play an important role in restoring and maintaining the oral health of our patients. You can benefit from this service by coming to our practice. When you make regular checkups part of your oral care routine, we can monitor your teeth. If you already have a filling, we will let you know when it is showing signs of wear and tear and should be replaced.