Cavities are a common dental issue. This means that most patients want to get on top of their cavity care. So you may be wondering: what does a cavity look like? Can I spot one on my own? The answer may surprise you. In the article below, we’ll share tips for spotting a cavity- and also tell you when to call your dentist.
What Does a Cavity Look Like?
Patients can’t usually see tooth decay. This means your cavity will usually look like, well, nothing at all. However, more advanced forms of tooth decay are noticeable. They usually look like dark or discolored spots on the surface of the tooth.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Like we mentioned, advanced tooth decay (aka- deep cavities) can cause discolored teeth. However, that is not the only culprit. Sometimes a surface stain is the cause of this discoloration. If all of your teeth seem dark or yellow, then hygiene or genetics may be to blame. Regardless, have a dentist check out your teeth.
How to Catch Cavities Early
Because cavities aren’t usually noticeable, they can only be spotted by a dentist. This is why regular dental checkups are so important. Visit your dentist every six months to make sure your teeth and gums are still in top shape.
Cavity Treatment Options
If you do have a cavity, then you might be worried. Luckily though, cavities are easily treated. Mild cavities are typically corrected using a dental filling. This procedure is very common. In fact, you have probably already had a filling before. More advanced cavities will need to be treated by a root canal or possibly a tooth extraction. Your dentist will help you determine the best treatment for you.
Book a Checkup Today
Regular dental checkups are the best way to check for new cavities. The ADA recommends a dental exam every six months. If you are due for a checkup, then the Smile Artisans can help. Call us today to book your dental exam or cavity filling.