January 15, 2019

Do You Have Cavities? When to See Your Dentist

mouth with cavityThe vast majority of people have had a cavity at some point or will develop one in the future. In most cases, cavities are nothing to be alarmed about. You simply visit your dentist, and they repair the hole in your tooth with a filling so you go back to enjoying a healthy smile. But when should you see your dentist for cavity treatment? Are there any obvious symptoms of tooth decay? Let’s talk about these important questions and discuss how you can prevent cavities from forming in the first place.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Teeth have multiple layers. The outermost layer, the enamel, is insensitive. Therefore, when it first develops a cavity, you may have no symptoms at all. As the decay progresses, however, it reaches the second layer of a tooth — the dentin, which connects to the nerve in the tooth’s interior. At that point, you may begin to notice that a tooth is more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures or that there is pain when you put pressure on it. You may also notice a small hole in the tooth.

If the cavity remains untreated and it causes an infection in the tooth’s pulp, you may begin to experience a severe, throbbing toothache. The tooth could become darker in color and even develop an abscess. When decay becomes this severe, a filling is no longer an effective treatment. Root canal therapy, along with a crown, or an extraction may be necessary.

The best time to visit your dentist in Frisco for cavity treatment is before you even know you have a cavity. Through regular checkups, your oral health doctor can catch early signs of decay and repair it before it causes you pain. If you do begin to notice symptoms of a cavity, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Delaying only gives the decay the opportunity to worsen and lead to severe pain and perhaps even tooth loss. In most cases, our office is capable of restoring your cavity with dental fillings in tandem with our state-of-the-art dental laser. As a result, we can perform treatment without administering any shots.

Preventing Cavities

Cavities form when sugar in food interacts with bacteria in your mouth, leading to plaque formation. Acids in plaque cling to teeth and soften the enamel. Prolonged exposure to these acids leads to cavities. Therefore, there are two key things you must do to prevent cavities:

  • Maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine. Brushing, flossing, sipping plenty of water, and professional dental cleanings enable you to clear away plaque and bacteria before they have a chance to harm your teeth. Be sure to use a fluoride toothpaste; fluoride is a mineral that helps to replace tiny bits of tooth enamel that get worn away throughout the day.
  • Be mindful of what you eat and drink. Sugary and acidic foods and beverages attack teeth and encourage decay. Try to limit your consumption of things like candy, soda, sports drinks, and other goodies that might harm your smile.

Don’t let tooth decay wreck your smile! Preventing cavities and treating decay in its early stages will enable you to preserve your teeth for decades to come.

About the Author

Dr. Paresh Patel is an acclaimed general dentist with 15 years of experience in his field. He offers preventive and restorative services that aim to protect smiles against the ravages of tooth decay. We have won the Best Family Dentist and Best Cosmetic Dentist in Living Magazine by our patients in Frisco and Plano in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Dr. Patel, amongst peers, won Best Dentist in DFW by D Magazine.

If you have questions about how best to shield your smile from cavities, contact Dr. Patel’s team at 469-362-3150.

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Click Here: Reviews

Take a look at what other patients have said and post your own feedback about our office.

Smile Wall

We enhance your dental health and provide the following services for your entire family:
  • Laser technology (replacing shots)
  • Sedation (Gas-Nitrous Oxide, Oral, and IV)
  • Cleaning
  • Fillings
  • Root Canal
  • Crowns
  • Implants (including a 3D Digital X-Ray Imaging)
  • Orthodontics (Braces and Invisalign)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Our beautiful, newly built office offers elegance, luxury, beauty, and comfort in every room.
  • One American, a day, dies from oral cancer. We firmly believe in cancer screening. Our team performs comprehensive oral cancer screenings for all patients!
  • Dr. Patel is a master and fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
  • We devote unparalleled compassion, nurture, and comfortable care starting from the front concierge to our dental assistant to our doctor.
  • Our doctor, Dr. Paresh B. Patel, is an internationally and nationally trained general dentist, and he has more than thirteen years of experience in family dentistry!
  • Our practice has a 3D Digital X-Ray Imaging (i.e., CT scan) to allow our team to visualize the anatomy of your teeth and bones accurately.
  • We believe the heart of education is education of the heart. We lead and organize health fairs and have personally traveled and help at many earthquake-hit areas.
  • Family Dentistry of Frisco recommends The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss as a gift to your child!
  • Our doctor received the Dental Practitioner's Award for his outstanding patient care and compassion.
  • Our primary focus is patient care. We use the latest laser technology to replace shots! This will drastically increase your recovery time and undoubtedly help with pain!
  • We use Digital X-Rays that reduces radiation given to you.
  • Our patients are our primary concern. We eliminate shots by using laser technology and offer many types of sedation (gas-nitrous oxide, oral, and IV) of your choosing.
  • We are open at very convenient times from Monday through Friday 7AM-6PM and Saturday 9AM-2PM. Come book your appointment with us when it is convenient for you!
  • Our doctor's life passion is dentistry…and oh yeah, he was born and raised in England. Come listen to him speak with his British accent!