A cavity can be a daunting thought. When a cavity first develops, the only warning you may have is a little bit of tooth sensitivity or discoloration in a particular spot. To make matters worse, if it is not taken care of right away it can get worse. At River Valley Smiles, our team of expert dentists is here to provide quality advice and treatments to ensure cavities don’t cause long-term issues.
The most obvious sign of a cavity is a toothache. The pain usually develops when a cavity first forms, as bacteria can cause irritation to the inner layers of your teeth. As it progresses, it can also become painful to bite down or when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Other signs of a cavity include bad breath, sensitivity to certain foods and beverages, and an unusual taste in your mouth.
If you think you have a cavity, the best thing to do is visit River Valley Smiles for an evaluation. During your appointment, your dentist will take an x-ray to determine the extent of the cavity. Depending on the severity of the cavity, you may need to receive a filling. Fillings are used to restore teeth damaged by decay, filling in the hole caused by the cavity and restoring your tooth’s function.
If you’ve noticed discoloration or pain when eating, it’s best to act fast. When caught early, cavities can usually be treated quickly and painlessly with a filling. Our dentists are well-equipped to treat all your cavity-related needs. Not only will we assess your teeth to determine if you need a filling, but we can also discuss preventive measures such as good oral hygiene habits or diet changes to help you avoid getting cavities in the future.
Don’t let cavities become an issue in your life. With proper oral care and a visit to River Valley Smiles and we can help you avoid major dental issues caused by cavities. Whether you’re experiencing pain or discoloration, come to our team as soon as possible to get the best outcome for your teeth.