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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
July 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Filling  

Could a dental filling be in your future? Visiting your dentist as soon as you notice signs of a possible cavity can help you maintain your healthy smile. Your South Atlanta, GA, dentists, Drs. Travon Holt and Lola Oh of Dentistry at Camp Creek, offer fillings that restore and protect decayed teeth.

4 signs that may occur if you have a cavity

One or more of these signs or symptoms may happen if you have tooth decay:

  • Toothache: Severe pain in a tooth is an obvious sign that something is wrong, but milder pain is also a sign of trouble. If your pain isn't that bad or the ache comes and go, you'll still need to schedule a dental appointment. By the time you experience constant pain, your cavity has grown very large. If the decay is extensive, a filling may no longer offer a good restoration solution. Crowns or inlays or onlays that cover the entire biting surface or extend beyond the cusps of the teeth may be needed. Visiting your South Atlanta, GA, dentist as soon as you notice any pain can limit the damage to your tooth.
  • Sensitivity: Irritation caused by decay can make your teeth sensitive to heat, cold, and sugary foods. If your tooth starts to hurt after you eat or drink these foods or beverages, you may have a cavity.
  • Changes in the Appearance of Your Tooth: Your tooth may look a little different if you have a cavity. Brown or black spots or holes in teeth may occur due to decay. These signs generally appear when the decay is fairly advanced. Failing to treat large cavities can increase the risk that the decay will reach the pulp in the center of your tooth and cause a painful infection.
  • No Signs: Treating cavities when they're small can minimize the damage to your teeth. Since tiny cavities rarely cause pain or sensitivity, you may not be aware that there's a problem unless you visit the dentist every six months. During those checkups, your dentist will look for signs of decay and other problems that can affect your oral health.

Protect your smile with fillings! Call your South Atlanta, GA, dentists, Drs. Travon Holt and Lola Oh of Dentistry at Camp Creek, at (404) 629-9290 to schedule an appointment.