Around 90 percent of adults in the US have experienced a cavity, making it one of the most common oral health problems someone could face. For many people, a new cavity may not be noticeable depending on where it has formed, but for others, a cavity can make its presence known by letting the user feel that it is there. Here is what you can expect after forming a new cavity.
Cavities Can Increase Tooth Sensitivity With Aching
One of the first things a user may notice after forming a new cavity is increased sensitivity. This can typically be felt when eating hot/cold foods or simply biting down on foods with a firm texture such as beef jerky or dried fruit.
Cavities can also cause aching that comes and goes. These waves of slight pain are significantly less brutal than a tooth that has become infected, which is an important distinction to make. If you are experiencing a toothache, a fast and easy way to temporarily relieve it is to rinse with warm saltwater.
Why It Is Important To See Us If You Experience Oral Discomfort
A large number of people will decide to either ™tough out™ toothaches or simply delay treatment as long as possible. But this will only make the initial problem worse down the road. A cavity is at risk of infection the longer it sits since it is exposed to bacteria that can get into that small area. If it doesn't get infected, the hole in your tooth will only get bigger and it can get to the point where the structure of the tooth gets too weak for fillings to work properly - resulting in the need for a dental crown, potentially.
If you are experiencing discomfort in your mouth, don't hesitate to call our office with the number provided.
At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, our office is both parking and wheel chair accessible.