Cavities get progressively worse with time. Catching them as early as possible is the best way to assure that treatments are effective, minimally invasive and inexpensive. While most people realize that they have a cavity when they experience pain or tooth sensitivity, there are other signs to watch out for. Small brown spots or discoloration on a tooth are some of the earliest signs of a cavity. Watch for these, and visit us quickly if you notice any.
In our office, cavities are detected through visual examinations and with the use of radiographs. These are necessary because some cavities are not easily detected by the naked eye, especially those on the surfaces in between teeth. Once diagnosed, a cavity can be filled in our office, often in one visit. At times, patients can receive a filling the same day the cavity is diagnosed.
Alternately, a second convenient appointment can be scheduled to fit in your busy schedule.
If you suspect a cavity, don’t wait to seek treatment. By taking action early, you’ll save time and money by protecting your teeth and keeping your mouth feeling healthy. Call us to schedule an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is really happening when I have a cavity?
A cavity is not something that simply appears out of the blue. It starts with decay on the surface of the tooth (which sometimes looks like a small yellow stain) and progresses as bacteria spreads and acid begins to dissolve the tooth enamel. Early detection is always best, so visit Oso Marguerite Dental for check-ups every six months and anytime you suspect a cavity might be present.
Can a cavity heal itself?
Unfortunately, a cavity cannot heal itself. It requires intervention by a skilled dentist like the team at Oso Marguerite Dental. Visiting us early does minimize the necessary treatment, however, making filling your cavity easier, less time consuming and often less expensive too.
How long will it take to fill my cavity?
The length of time in the dental chair varies depending on the severity of the cavity. Less extensive cavities might only take 20 or 30 minutes to fill, while larger fillings might require an hour. Oso Marguerite Dental will always explain the treatment plan to you and ensure that plenty of time is allotted for your visit.
How can I know for sure if I need a filling?
Through the use of radiographs and a thorough evaluation, Oso Marguerite Dental can determine if tooth decay is present and a filling is necessary. Call us to schedule an appointment for your exam.