Cavities are one of the most common occurrences in the dental world. Over 90% of adults in the United States have had a cavity, according to a 2016 study. Out of those 90%, it was reported that 1 in 4 adults currently have cavities that are untreated. If you find yourself in the majority of Americans who develop a cavity in their lifetime, follow these steps to stop tooth decay in its tracks.
If you have a cavity, the first thing you should do is call your dentist to schedule an appointment. At Ashley Dental, we are open from 8:30am to 5:30pm, but we offer appointments outside of these office times upon request to help fit into your busy schedule.
If you find yourself experiencing accompanying tooth pain, we can also discuss options for pain relief prior to your office visit. Make sure you let us know of any medications that you’re currently taking. Often times the best option is to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. Before your appointment with us, it’s best to avoid any hot or icy cold beverages that could enhance pain associated with sensitivity.
Leading up to your appointment you should keep your mouth as clean as possible. You can do this by brushing with warm water and flossing gently. At this time you should also avoid any sweet or acidic drinks like fruit juices or soda that can contribute to further tooth decay.
At the Dentist
Don’t put off your visit with us! The longer you wait to remove tooth decay, the deeper the cavity will go and the more pain it will cause. A cavity that goes unattended may turn into a root canal or may require tooth extraction.
Filling your cavity at Ashley Dental is quick and easy. Due to our specialty anesthesia, the process is painless, and will eliminate any pain that you had leading up to your appointment.
Post Dentist Visit
After getting your cavity filled it’s normal to feel some jaw soreness or tooth sensitivity for a couple of days. To help with the sensitivity, try and avoid any hot or cold drinks. It’s also a safe choice to avoid any hard, chewy or sticky foods for a few weeks following your cavity filling.If something doesn’t feel right with your bite, or if you have any lasting discomfort, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!