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How Do I Know When I Need a Filling?

Posted in Fillings

Cavities are tricky things – sometimes you’ll notice them, but many times you won’t. Being alert to the signs can help you to take action just in time. Properly preventing and treating cavities can help you to avoid some serious problems.

Possible Signs of a Cavity

If you have a cavity, some of the symptoms and signs you may experience include:

– Temperature sensitivity

– Sensitivity to sweet foods and drinks

– A Spot of dark stain on your tooth

– An ache in your mouth

– Fractured or cracked enamel

These signs will only show up when a cavity is advanced. The more a cavity grows, the more it compromises your tooth. The sooner you can have a filling placed, the better! But in its early stages, a cavity probably won’t bother you at all. You likely won’t even notice it.

What can you do?

The Best Way to Find Out

Because cavities start out small, painless, and virtually invisible, you’ll need the help of special technology to detect them. Dental offices are equipped with bright lights, dental explorers, x-ray machines, and cavity-detecting lasers. These tools are all used to identify spots where a cavity is starting. Visiting your dentist is the only way you can be absolutely sure of whether or not you have one.

Avoid Getting a Dental Filling

Regular brushing and daily flossing will limit the effects of cavity-causing bacteria. When you visit the dentist on a regular basis, a professional examination can reveal cavities before you experience any discomfort. Professional fluoride treatments and sealants could help you to lower your risk of getting a cavity at all. With a little prevention, you can avoid having many dental fillings done!

Posted on behalf of:
Gordon Dental of Leawood
11401 Nall Ave #102
Leawood, KS 66211
(913) 649-5017

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