Cavity
Cavity

Cavity

Do you have a tooth that’s sensitive? Are you wondering whether or not you have a cavity? The only person who can determine that is your dentist; and in the case of a cavity, it’s best to see your dentist sooner rather than later – and with convenient evening and Saturday appointments, Brooklin Village Dental Care can accommodate almost any schedule.

If you suspect you have a cavity, keep reading for more information.

What Causes a Cavity?

A cavity is an area of your tooth that is damaged or decaying. If left untreated, it could lead to the tooth breaking, falling out, or gum disease. Causes of a cavity include bacteria, poor oral hygiene, and injury or trauma to a tooth that has not been repaired.

What are the Symptoms of a Cavity?

Some cavities have no symptoms and can only be discovered by your dentist during a regularly scheduled dental cleaning. But if you do have symptoms, they can include:

  • Either a pounding or sharp toothache
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold drinks, food, or air
  • Chewing that is painful

What is the Treatment of a Cavity?

If caught early, reversal of cavity can be accomplished with a fluoride treatment as well as other prevention methods which can help rebuild the tooth on its own. This is why early detection is so critical. In more severe cases, treatment may involve:

  • Filling the cavity and placing a cap or crown over it to help strengthen and prevent more decay of the tooth
  • A root canal if the cavity is severe
  • An extraction of the tooth in the most severe case of a cavity

How to Prevent Cavities

Prevention is the best method of dealing with a cavity and far less expensive too. Prevention starts by brushing and flossing twice a day, and using the proper toothbrush and floss. Regular checkups and dental cleanings also help reduce the risk of a cavity.

Think You Have a Cavity?

If you are experiencing symptoms or have concerns that you may have a cavity and you’ve been putting it off, visit us at Brooklin Village Dental Care for an exam. Book a convenient appointment today!

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