A cavity is simply a hole in your tooth, caused by tooth decay. As the name suggests a tooth filling “fills” that hole, protecting it from further decay. It’s important that all tooth decay be treated promptly, before it becomes a bigger problem down the road. Untreated cavities can lead to more extensive situations like abscessed teeth or emergencies.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
At Marco Dental Care, our professional and thorough exams are designed to catch your cavity while it’s still small and easily treated. If you’re worried that you might have a cavity, just let us know and we’ll get you in for a quick exam and x-ray.
Other symptoms of a cavity typically include…
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Rough areas on the surface of your tooth
- A visible hole in your enamel
- Sensitivity or discomfort
- Food sticking in the ridges of your teeth or between your teeth
If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, call us right away before the problem worsens.
Beautiful Restorations on Marco Island
The dentists at Marco Dental Care prefer a tooth-colored composite tooth filling, to restore areas of decay. Unlike a silver tooth filling, which may leak trace amounts of mercury over time, composites are less invasive. Composite material bonds closely with your enamel and requires less adjustment to healthy teeth. They also remain stable, even as temperatures fluctuate in your mouth, creating a strong and durable seal.
After applying local anesthetic to ensure your comfort, the area of decay is gently removed from your tooth and filled with a composite resin. A special light is used to cure your filling into place. Then, we will assess your bite pattern to ensure that it is undisturbed.
If you think you have a cavity, or are experiencing signs of tooth decay, schedule a complimentary consultation at Marco Dental Care today.