How Do I Know If I Need A Filling?

Sometimes you don’t know you need a filling until your x-rays show a cavity. But other times, if you are mindful and pay attention, you can catch it before your regular check-up! These are some of the signs you should be aware of:

Tooth Sensitivity: Does a glass of ice water cause shooting pain in a tooth? Does the thought of eating dessert make your shudder? An open spot in your tooth can leave the nerve more exposed, causing sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweets.

Biting Pain: Taking a bite of an apple or carrot might send that same shooting pain in your tooth, and for the same reason: nerve exposure.  

Bad Breath: The bacteria build up in a cavity can put off a putrid smell. If it doesn’t go away with brushing, flossing, or rinsing, you need to have it checked out!

Visible Decay: When you brush and floss, look at the surface of your teeth as best as you can. If you notice any pitting or holes, they may be cavities.  Dark and discolored areas are also a concern. Decayed areas may feel spongy and food may stick to them.

Swollen Gums: Puffiness in the gumline is a definite sign of infection. It may or may not be sensitive, but it needs to be treated as soon as possible.

Cavities are easily fixed when you catch them early. Composite fillings match your teeth, and no one will even be able to tell you’ve had a filling. But if you wait for the decay to get worse, it will work its way into the root of your tooth, creating an abscess and the need for a root canal.  

If you suspect you have an area of decay, Encino Dental can help you. Call for an appointment with Dr. Jamsheed!

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