Signs You Might Have a Cavity
Cavities occur as a result of tooth decay caused by the breakdown of tooth enamel. Tooth decay typically occurs when bacteria present in the mouth stick to the plaque on our teeth and produce acids that deteriorate the mineral structure of tooth enamel.
Signs and symptoms of tooth decay and cavities include:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Sensitivity to sugary foods and drinks
- Pain when chewing
- Black or brown-colored spot on the tooth
- Inflamed or red gums
Often, cavities occur and cause no symptoms at all. This is especially common when cavities are in their earliest stages and most easily treated. The early detection of asymptomatic cavities is just one of many reasons why it’s important to visit the dentist for regular dental examinations.
Stress-Free Dental Treatments With Sedation Dentistry
If the thought of visiting the dentist to have a cavity filled causes you anxiety, then we encourage you to talk with our team about our sedation dentistry options. We offer both oral sedation and sedation with nitrous oxide to help even our most anxious patients access the dental care they need.
Early Detection and Treatment Are Always Best – Schedule Your Next Checkup Today!
In addition to preventing dental problems from occurring, regular dental examinations and cleanings help ensure that our dentists detect any oral health concerns before they’ve progressed and become serious concerns. The same goes for diagnosing tooth decay.
When dental cavities are caught in their earliest stages, treatments are less invasive and less expensive. Left undetected and untreated, even the smallest cavities can turn into major problems that lead to the need for root canal therapy or even tooth extraction.
We recommend that most patients visit the dentist for a dental hygiene cleaning and examination every six months. To learn more or to schedule your next appointment at StoneRidge Dental Care in Gahanna, we welcome you to contact our office today.