A cavity occurs as a result of tooth decay that occurs over time. Many factors can lead to the likeliness of cavities like inadequate brushing, frequent consumption of sugary foods and drinks, and not flossing enough. If cavities are left untreated they can worsen and negatively impact your dental health. In order to best prevent cavities from occurring it is important that you stick to a routine that works for you. For example, brushing for 2 minutes a day (twice a day), flossing at least once a day and regular dental visits can tremendously help you to fight against tooth decay!
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Potential Signs and Symptom of a Cavity:
If you have a cavity, you may develop signs or symptoms, which may be as follows:
- Toothache or tooth pain
- Mild to sharp pain with extreme hot or cold temperature foods or drinks
- Holes or “pits” in the teeth
- Brown, black or white staining or “spots” on the teeth
- Pain when biting
How to Repair a Cavity:
Cavities can be repaired rather simply if the cavity isn’t too large. What happens is the cavity or part of the tooth that is decayed is removed and then replaced with a “filling,” which resembles a white material that appears “tooth-colored.” The filling allows for the tooth to once again be durable and aid in chewing just as it once was prior to the cavity.
While fillings are meant to last for quite some time, they don’t last forever so there is a chance that a filling may “fall-out” at some point. In this circumstance, whether a filling fell out because of normal wear and tear, an uneven bite, etc, it is important to know that you shouldn’t panic, but instead, call a dentist as soon as possible! Similarly, if you notice that a filling appears chipped, you should contact a dentist for repair.
Who Can Help?
If you feel that you may have a cavity or need to repair a filling, you should immediately contact Moore Family Dentistry, located in Garner, NC for an emergency appointment. Our doctors at Moore Family Dentistry will ensure that you have a comfortable visit with us and will do their best to make you feel “at-home” in the dental chair.