How do I know if I have tooth decay and need dental fillings?
Taking good care of the teeth and gums is a top priority for anyone who wants to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. At Wahlen Dentistry of Perry, Utah, we are here to educate you on ways to protect your teeth from cavities and periodontal disease. Cavities, or dental caries, are a common oral health issue that can arise and result in significant harm and tooth loss for many of our patients if not diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
What is a cavity?
A cavity is a specific area of tooth decay that often develops due to the buildup of plaque, tartar, and even calculus on the teeth. This helps in forming bacteria in the mouth that can eat away at natural tooth enamel, resulting in holes within the tooth. When these holes become larger and deeper, they become more and more damaging to the natural tooth structure and may eventually require the extraction of permanent adult teeth.
How are cavities treated?
Dr. Jennifer Wahlen, Dr. John Torghele, and the team encourage patients to consider fillings to address dental cavities. Different materials are used in fillings, including silver amalgam and composite resin. Our team can assist you in selecting the one best for your unique needs and dental goals.
What are the signs of a cavity?
Many patients who visit our practice on a regular basis take their recall appointments as a great time to ask questions about their oral health and wellness. Patients will often ask about how they know if a cavity is forming or has developed. Below are just a few of the more common signs seen in patients with cavities:
- Sensitivity to sugary or sweet beverages and foods
- Pain and discomfort when biting and eating
- Holes or marks prevalent on the natural tooth structure
- Sensitivity to both cold and hot foods and beverages that lingers
- A toothache in one or more teeth
- Staining, discoloration, or even white spots visible on natural teeth
Contact our dental office for more information
If you suspect that you have a cavity, you must take action as soon as possible for effective treatment.
Contact our team of professionals at Wahlen Dentistry by calling (435) 246-4602 and scheduling a visit with Dr. Jennifer Wahlen or Dr. John Torghele at 2480 South Highway 89, Suite A.
Our dental team is dedicated to helping provide the best possible care for you and your family, educating you on common dental issues, including tooth decay and loss.