Pay Attention to Warning Signs of Trouble
Teeth are not able to repair themselves as comprehensively as some parts of the body can, therefore if a tooth becomes damaged it will most likely require restorative dental treatment. In the case of cavities, there are often warning signs of the trouble, such as sensitivity to hot and cold foods, discomfort while eating, or grey or black lines along a tooth. By paying attention to these changes in your smile, and seeking treatment promptly if they arise, you can greatly increase the chance that a minimally invasive restorative treatment will be able to save your tooth and restore your oral health.
Prompt Treatment Can Help Protect Your Tooth
When detected early, most cavities can be treated through dental fillings. In fact, modern fillings can be completed quickly and offer a number of benefits when compared to the metal amalgam fillings that were once common used.
Composite resin, or tooth-colored, fillings are designed to look natural, while bonding tightly with teeth to create a great seal against further erosion or even infection. They also conduct less heat than metal, making them more comfortable for many patients.