Do cavities always hurt? When should you consult Dr. Lechner? Continue reading to learn how to tell if you have potential tooth decay, and what to do about it.
Identifying Tooth Decay
Tooth decay happens when the enamel of the tooth is damaged by bacteria and acid. This eventually results in a pit in the tooth, which we call a cavity. Tooth decay starts at the enamel but, if not stopped, can also wear down to the inner layer of your tooth, known as dentin.
Sometimes, you can spot tooth decay if your tooth has a dark spot. This won't always mean there's a cavity, though. Some dark spots can just be stains caused by drinks or food.
In other cases, a spot may not be there even though there is a cavity present. These dark spots could also be caused by some medications or could even be a sign of injury. If you suspect you might have a cavity, it's best to schedule a checkup with Lechner Dental Group
Tooth Pain From Cavities
Having pain from a cavity can depend on how far along the decay is. There likely won't be any pain when the decay is only in the enamel, but the pain will likely begin as the tooth decay goes deeper. Pain or sensitivity to hot or cold can happen once the tooth decay reaches the dentin.
You should always get any tooth pain checked by your dentist as it may lead to more serious infections or even tooth loss. The earlier Dr. Lechner is able to address tooth decay, the easier the treatment.
Dr. Lechner will look for cavities by tracking down soft spots on your teeth. X-rays
will also be done to pinpoint tooth decay that may be out of sight, like in those places where teeth touch.
How to Protect Yourself From Cavities
You can get cavities when foods such as fruit, candy, cake, bread, and other carbohydrates or sugar stay on your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth break these foods down and turn them into acids. This combines with your saliva, creating plaque, which then will cling to the teeth. This plaque and acid will wear down your tooth.
Don't Hold Off! Get in Touch With Us!
There isn't a way to find out if you have a cavity unless you go to the dentist. Cavities only get worse over time. The damage increases the more time that passes. If you have any concerns about your teeth, be sure to call our office
as soon as possible.