You may not have symptoms with a dental cavity until it grows significantly and puts your tooth at risk. For this reason, it’s essential to visit your dentist in Mitchell, SD regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings. Early detection is always best.
How to Tell If You Have a Cavity
As mentioned, you can’t always tell if you have a small cavity or one that starts between or behind teeth. But sometimes, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Dark spot on the tooth
- Small pin-sized hole
- Tooth sensitivity
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s essential to contact your dentist because untreated cavities will only get bigger, and larger areas of decay may mean tooth extraction or a dental crown instead of straightforward treatment with a tooth-colored filling.
Treating Tooth Cavities at the Dental Health Partners
If you’ve experienced cavity symptoms or oral health changes, we start you with a consultation. Should your dentist diagnose tooth decay, we have a few options for treatment.
For a small area of decay, your dentist numbs the treatment site and clears the cavity from your tooth. Then we seal the tooth with a tooth-colored filling.
If your cavity is more substantial, we may have to close the tooth with a dental crown to restore stability and prevent breakage.
For severe decay and fractures below the gumline, your dentist may recommend extraction followed by tooth replacement.
How to Prevent Cavities
You can lower your risks for cavities and many oral health conditions through the following practices:
- Visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and teeth cleanings
- Brushing and flossing your teeth after each meal or twice daily
- Talking to your dentist about oral health changes between visits
- Following a healthy diet low in sugar and carbs