Holes in teeth are a very common dental issue. They can be painful or painless, and this is dependent on the extent of the hole (dental cavity). It’s important to fix any cavity in a tooth, as left untreated you may require further additional treatment including root canal treatment or crowns- in extreme circumstances, you may end up losing the tooth!
Why do I have a cavity?
A combination of factors can cause the development of a dental cavity, however the 2 most common factors are diet and oral hygiene. A diet high in sugars coupled with a less than efficient oral hygiene regime (including flossing) can lead to the development of dental cavities.
Just because you have a dental cavity and it is not painful, that isn’t a reason to delay having it repaired- rest assured it won’t miraculously get better. Professional dental emergency treatment is required
What will the dentist do?
A thorough assessment is required. The emergency dentist will perform a clinical examination and may take dental x-rays to help determine the extent of the cavity and whether there are signs of any infection of the roots. If there is enough tooth structure to retain a filling, you may be offered a composite filling . If the cavity is particularly large you may be recommended having a laboratory made restoration like a crown.
Regular visits to the dentist can help with early detection of dental cavities. In order to help minimize the risk of dental cavities, a proactive approach to a sensible balanced diet, regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene will also help.