Ouch! Have your past few meals been filled with discomfort while chewing, instead of enjoyment? In fact, is drinking even causing you sensitivity or discomfort lately? Has it become so bad that you avoid eating, or taking your usual coffee break? If so, you could be struggling with a cavity or other tooth damage. When the interior of a tooth becomes exposed to foods, beverages, and even air, it can create a heightened sense of sensitivity, discomfort, and eventually downright pain. Fortunately, restorative dentistry makes it possible to address most dental issues, including cavities, chips, cracks, and other problems, so that you can get back to enjoying life’s daily activities instead of dreading them!
Are You Experiencing Sensitivity or Discomfort?
If you have been experiencing a seemingly sudden or dramatic increase in tooth sensitivity, and especially if you are struggling with outright discomfort, it is likely due to damage to the teeth’s enamel. In the case of cavities, for instance, plaque buildup creates an acidic environment, which slowly erodes the teeth’s enamel, causing the more sensitive layer beneath it, the dentin, to become exposed. This is why sensitivity and discomfort are common indicators of cavities. However, these can also be warning signs of other dental problems, including chips, cracks, and intrinsic damage.
A Seamless Solution Could Help You Smile Again
Fortunately for patients that do find themselves in need of restorative dentistry, there are now a number of seamless options for addressing the problems. Tooth-colored dental fillings are made of a composite resin material, which can be sculpted to look like natural teeth. Plus, the resin bonds tightly with teeth creating a great seal against further erosion, and it conducts less heat than metal making these more comfortable than metal amalgam fillings for most patients.
In the case of chips, cracks and many other issues, dental crowns can be used to help seal the tooth and prevent worsening of the condition with wear. Porcelain crowns, in particular, are prized for the natural look they create!