Are you experiencing tooth pain, but don’t know why? You may have a tooth infection and a cavity.
Cavities are tooth decay caused by a build-up of plaque. The most common cause is our lifestyle! What we eat and drink, and our oral habits have a detrimental effect on our mouths. Still, even the most avid brusher and flosser can experience dental cavities.
Dr. Prendergast screens for the early signs of tooth decay during routine preventive care visits with x-rays and a comprehensive analysis. Infinity Dental Fox Lake offers treatment for tooth decay, including white composite fillings. Your Fox Lake IL dentist can fill cavities on the same day.
It is important to visit our Fox Lake dental office at least twice a year for routine dental care and screenings. We can often diagnose a cavity before you experience symptoms and provide proactive treatment to avoid further damage to a tooth. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment right away.
Treatment for Tooth Cavities
If left untreated, dental caries (tooth cavities) will eventually destroy the roots and nerves of your tooth. The only treatment for a destroyed root is a root canal, so it is important to treat dental cavities early. A dental filling is the most common form of treatment for a tooth cavity. Fillings are natural-looking and provide long-lasting treatment for cavities.
Another option is the placement of a dental crown. Dental crowns cover the teeth like a cap and may be recommended for a tooth that has significant decay. Porcelain dental crowns are extremely natural-looking and are cared for the same way as natural teeth.
Dr. Prendergast also places partial crowns, or inlays and onlays, for tooth cavities and damage to the larger back teeth. Inlays and onlays are used when your cavity needs more than a dental filling, but not as much coverage as a crown.
What are the common signs of tooth decay?
There are a few signs of tooth decay that you should be aware of. If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, schedule an appointment.
- Recurring Toothaches: They can be caused by many things, but regular toothaches can be the first sign of decay.
- Tooth Sensitivity: Things like being sensitive when biting down on hard foods, or an odd sensation when chewing can be caused by tooth decay.
- Pain or sensitivity: when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages is a sign that your tooth is telling you to visit the dentist.
- Holes in your teeth: A tell-tale sign of deterioration.
- Pus around teeth and gums: This is a major sign of infection and should be addressed right away.
Can you stop a cavity once it starts?
Once a cavity has formed, it will not go away on its own. When bacteria forms in a tooth cavity, it starts to eat away at the enamel. You must have a dentist or dental hygienist remove any decay and place a tooth filling in order to stop the cavity from getting larger.
How long can you go without treating a cavity?
Patients may wait a few months before treating a cavity. Some cavities are still small enough that it may take time before a dentist notices them. However, cavities should be treated soon after they are discovered to avoid further tooth damage.
How long does it take to fill 3 cavities?
For most patients, filling one cavity takes between 20-30 minutes. 3 cavity fillings should take between an hour to an hour and a half. The process is straightforward and completed in a single dental visit.
Does a cavity ever go away on its own?
Cavities will not go away on their own. They require treatment to stop them from spreading and worsening. If left untreated one cavity may cause others in the surrounding teeth. It is important to treat cavities once they present themselves so that they do not cause further dental issues.
How long can you leave a cavity untreated?
A cavity can be left untreated for up to six months, but it is recommended that patients treat a cavity sooner than later so that it does not spread or cause dental issues to surrounding teeth.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation Today
If you believe you have a tooth cavity or have not been to a dentist in the last 6 months, call Infinity Dental of Fox Lake or schedule a consultation online. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate dentistry to restore your oral health. Enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile.