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The Lowdown On Dental Cavities

We’re used to treating a range of dental concerns here at our Bolton dentists, but one thing we’re seeing increasingly – and perhaps due to the pandemic – is dental cavities. Dental cavities can be quite serious, especially if left untreated. So, in this post, our dentists give you the lowdown on this condition and what treatment can help.

How do I know I have a dental cavity?

Depending on where the cavity is in your mouth, you may be able to see it. In some cases, you may even be able to feel the cavity with your tongue or finger. But one tell-tale sign for those who can’t visibly see a cavity is a feeling of sensitivity or pain in the associated tooth.

What other signs are there?

You may also notice spots appearing on your teeth, a bad taste in your mouth, or bad breath. Some of these signs may well be spotted by your dentist or hygienist during a routine check-up.

Why is a dental cavity so bad?

It’s possible to lose a tooth once a cavity has developed. That’s because cavities weaken the tooth structure, and complications, such as in infection, can develop. If the tooth requires extraction, thankfully our dentists can step in with treatments such as dental implants to replace it.

What kinds of cavity are there?

There are three types:

Smooth surface cavity –these develop on the smooth parts of the tooth.
Pit & fissure cavity – these develop in the chewing surfaces.
Root cavities – these develop in the roots.

Can you reverse a cavity?

An early sign of tooth decay is a spot appearing on the tooth. At this point, the enamel may be able to repair itself through using the minerals found in saliva and toothpaste. However, once a cavity has formed, it requires dental treatment, such as a filling.

Will my tooth need to be removed?

It depends on the spread and severity of damage. In all cases, dentists will try to save teeth where possible. However, your dentist can recommend options, such as dental implants, in cases where an extraction may be required.

How can I prevent dental decay?

There’s lots you can do to help with the health of your smile:

– Cut back on sugar (including in drinks)
– Brush regularly and attend check-ups when advised
– Take note of any early signs of decay, as you may be able to act on it
– Encourage brushing early in children

How do I book for a check-up?

Visit our contact page here, where one of our Bolton dentists will be in touch.

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