It’s not always obvious at first when you have a cavity forming; in fact, you may not experience any noticeable symptoms until the decay gets larger and causes more serious symptoms. When a cavity begins to form, it’s usually easy to treat and can be kept from spreading. Leaving the cavity untreated, however, can lead to severe complications including tooth loss.
Of course, the first line to defense is to see your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and an oral examination. Your dentist will be able to spot a possible cavity in the early stages and either take note to watch the tooth for future visits or fill the tiny area. It’s important to remember a cavity can also form between teeth, making it only visible on an x-ray.
It’s vital to see your dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
It’s not normal to experience tooth pain when you bite down or chew and it could mean you have a cavity forming. See your dentist as the pain is most likely an indication of a problem.
- Increased sensitivity
Some people experience general tooth sensitivity but if you notice a particular tooth is more sensitive to hot, cold or acidic foods, your may have a cavity in the making. Also if you feel mild to sharp pain when drinking or eating something hot or cold, or even sweet, you need to see your dentist.
- Visual changes to teeth
Be sure to check your teeth in the mirror when brushing so you can take note of their condition. If there are any visible holes or pits in your teeth, it’s time to have the dentist take a look. In addition, brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth can indicate a cavity is brewing.
- Bad Breath
There are many reasons you could have bad breath but one of the most likely culprits is bacteria present from a tooth infection. This bacterium has a distinct odor and indicates you need to make an appointment with your dentist right away because you may have a cavity that needs attention.
You can minimize tooth damage if you identify a cavity in its early stage. Some dentists also rely on diagnostic tools such as ultrasound, fiber-optic transillumination or fluorescence in addition to x-rays to detect cavities. Be sure to contact your dentist for an appointment if you experience any of the symptoms listed above. Regular dental examinations and cleanings will help you prevent cavities from forming.
Please contact Cambridge Family Dentistry for a free consultation, especially if you have any questions or concerns about the formation of cavities and treatment options.
Please contact us by calling:
(316) 687-2110 or toll-free (877) 687-2110.
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The Cambridge Family Dentistry clinic is located at 2020 N. Webb Road in Wichita, Kansas
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