Was your morning cup of coffee or hot tea interrupted by dental pain? In fact, has it been weeks since you were able to enjoy a hot beverage or cold treat, like an ice cream cone, because of discomfort with one or several of your teeth? If so, you might have a dental cavity. Cavities are the most common dental problem for both kids and adults alike. The vast majority of adults will actually struggle with cavities. Fortunately, they are preventable through great dental care, including regular hygiene and professional checkups and cleanings. Even if it’s too late to prevent an existing cavity, there is one other source of good news. It’s that modern dental fillings provide a fast, efficient, and even beautiful way to restore a smile after dental decay.
Know the Warning Signs of Dental Decay
In order to protect damaged teeth, it is best to seek restorative treatment quickly, before the cavity has time to progress to the point of infection. To do so, it can be helpful to know the common warning signs of cavities.
Though every cavity is different, most patients struggle with one or several of the following symptoms, when dealing with cavities.
- Grey or black lines, especially along the crevices of teeth
- White patches that could indicate enamel erosion
- Discomfort, especially when eating or drinking hot or cold items, or those with high sugar contents
How Seamless Restorations Create Comfort and Confidence
Dental fillings can protect teeth affected by cavities, by helping to seal them against further erosion and decay. Perhaps best of all, modern dental fillings can be made of tooth-colored composite resin, which is designed to create seamless restorations that will not easily be spotted. So if you do need restorative treatment for a cavity, talk to your dentist about the benefits of choosing a composite resin, or tooth-colored filling.