Tooth cavities, as a rule, come on with very little notice. Unless you have regular dental visits, you have a high likelihood of developing a cavity. The trouble with cavities is that by the time they trigger warning symptoms, your tooth is probably already damaged. That’s why having regular dental checkups is so highly recommended.
The signs of a tooth cavity are shared by just about everyone. When you have a cavity, you may experience discomfort when drinking cold liquids. You may have pain that radiates from your tooth into your jaw. The pain may be minor, or it may feel unbearable. You may be not capable to chew on that side of your mouth. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s likely you have a tooth that needs a cavity filling.
A cavity is a hole or crack in your tooth. You can think of it as a patch for your tooth. The cavity filling fills up the hole or patches the crack.
The cavity filling serves to restore the tooth to its original situation as much as technology allows. Although there is no substitute for nature, the cavity filling makes the tooth whole again. The cavity filling makes it possible for you to drink, chew and use your teeth as you did before you got the cavity. If the tooth cavity is in a visible place in your mouth, such as your smile, then the cavity filling can be colored so that it blends in with your natural teeth color, making the cavity filling nearly undetectable.
First, the dentist will take an X-ray to determine how much damage has been done to the tooth.
This may seem counterintuitive. Why would the dentist make the cavity larger? The reason for this is because the dentist needs to make sure they remove all the surrounding bacteria that may still be inside the cavity.
The other reason is that the cavity needs to be made so that it is receptive to the filling material. A cavity can be a jagged hole, and it could be smaller at the surface than it is deeper down. The dentist needs to be capable to apply the filling as far down as essential successfully.
A cavity filling can potentially last a lifetime. Fillings can and do sometimes fall out, however. They may also become damaged due to poor oral hygiene. The best way to ensure that your cavity fillings are still as good as the day you got them is to have regular dentist appointments.