Are you tired of wincing in pain, when you try to enjoy an after-dinner dessert or drink? Have your morning coffee breaks been replaced with medicine to treat dental pain? Did you notice dark discoloration on your tooth, the last time you were flossing? These are all common symptoms of dental cavities. Sadly, nearly 90 percent of the adults in the United States will experience caries, commonly called cavities. Fortunately, if you are diagnosed with a dental cavity, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that a simple dental filling is often sufficient to save the damaged tooth. In fact, modern dental fillings provide a number of benefits as forms of smile restoration.
Know the Symptoms and Seek Treatment Quickly
By simply paying attention to changes in your smile, you can often catch burgeoning dental issues, like cavities, quickly, and when minimally invasive treatment should be effective for restoring the smile.
Some common symptoms of dental cavities include:
- Grey or black lines along the teeth
- White patches, which could indicate the enamel has eroded
- Sensitivity, especially to hot and cold foods and drinks, as well as those high in sugar
- Discomfort while chewing, or pain that seems isolated to a single tooth
Benefits of Seamless Smile Restorations
Modern dental fillings, made of tooth-colored composite resin, offer a number of benefits when compared to traditional metal amalgam fillings. For many patients, the composite resin fillings are more comfortable, since the material conducts less heat than metal. It is also more confidence-inducing, since most people won’t be able to easily spot a tooth-colored filling!