Have you developed great sensitivity to hot or cold foods? Is there a dull pain in one of your teeth? It’s all too easy to dismiss minor dental symptoms, but you should not ignore any changes in your teeth. That’s because they can be warning signs that there’s a problem, and seeking prompt restorative care is the best way to ensure you keep your smile healthy in the long run. A cavity is one of the most common dental problems. Thankfully, it can be quickly addressed with a composite filling.
There are a number of indicators that you might potentially have a cavity, including:
- Grey or black lines on your teeth
- Extremely white patches, as they may be layers of dentin showing from beneath damaged enamel
- Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold beverages
- Tooth pain isolated to a single tooth
How Your Dentist Can Help
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your restorative dentist as soon as possible. Without prompt care, cavities can worsen over time, often leading to infection or abscess.
After an examination, your dentist may recommend a filling. The good news is that fillings can be completed quickly, in-office with little discomfort. Modern fillings are generally made of a composite resin material, which boasts many benefits in comparison to metal. First, the resin is biocompatible, meaning most patients do not have to worry about allergic reactions. Secondly, it is made to match your other teeth’s coloring, so your restoration is hardly recognizable. This makes for a more seamless way to restore your smile, which can increase your confidence, while protecting your teeth from further decay or infection.