You have a sensitive tooth with some discolouration in it; is it a cavity?
The only way to know for sure if you have a cavity is to see a dentist.
Braydon Dental Care will examine the tooth and determine if you have a cavity as well as what needs to be done to fix it.
What is a cavity?
A cavity is a tooth that has decay in it.
Depending on how bad the decay is will determine what procedure will best fix it.
It could be a simple filling, a filling with a crown, or it may end up being a root canal.
The sooner the dentist is able to deal with the cavity the better it is.
Cavity prevention is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Prevention includes good daily oral hygiene of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
It also includes 2 checkups and cleaning per year; that way the dentist will be able to spot any decay early and take steps to repair the tooth.
How is a cavity repaired?
First, the dentist will numb the area with a local anesthesia.
Once the anesthesia takes effect, the dentist will then remove the decay and clean the area.
After the area has been cleaned, the dentist will then fill the tooth with either resin or amalgam filling.
At that point, the tooth may need a cap (crown) which will be placed on with dental cement.
You can then resume your daily oral hygiene.
Types of fillings
Fillings can be an amalgam, resin, porcelain, or gold.
Your dentist will determine which one is best based on where the tooth is and your budget.
Porcelain looks more like a natural tooth, however, resin, is cheaper but it does stain more easily.