My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

3 Common Signs Of Cavities/Decay

Dentist Blog

Your smile is not only important for your appearance – it is also important for living a normal life where you can eat and speak without pain or difficulty. Unfortunately, there are many conditions that can affect the look and health of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Today, most Americans have some form of tooth decay, which can wreak havoc on your smile's appearance and health. Early detection is key, though, so knowing all the possible signs of a cavity is essential. Here are a few signs you have one or more cavities.

1. Spots/Discoloration

One common sign of a cavity and decay is a spot or discoloration on one or more teeth. You may first notice a deep yellow or light brown spot on an area of the tooth. Or, you may notice brown spots on multiple teeth. In some instances, the brown spots can be bigger, which is a more severe form of tooth decay.

There are instances where you will have visible decay, but it may not be visible by you. For example, if you have developed a cavity or more severe decay in the back of a tooth towards the back of your mouth, you may not notice it. However, your dentist should see the decay during one of your regular checkups.

2. Toothache Pain

If you have a cavity or more involved tooth decay, you will experience a good amount of pain. For some, toothaches are just a dull ache. For others, when the toothache is more severe, the pain can be so severe that it causes throbbing pain and discomfort that affects sleep and everyday life.

If you are experiencing a toothache, schedule a consultation with your dentist right away. You can take an ibuprofen to ease your pain. An ice pack or warming pad on the area of the mouth nearest the affected tooth can also offer some relief until you see your dentist.

3. Tooth Sensitivity

Cavities form when food and tartar eat through the tooth enamel, wearing down the tooth from the inside out. Without a strong, full layer of enamel, the interior pulp of your teeth will be exposed. Food, liquids, and even air will seep into the tooth, making contact with the pulp and nerves, which can cause you a great deal of discomfort.

Tooth sensitivity is most common when drinking cold beverages or eating hot foods. However, many people experience tooth sensitivity when they are consuming sweet, sugary foods, as well.

Help is available if you have cavities. Contact your family dentistry office today for treatment and to learn about techniques to prevent cavities and decay.


19 March 2019