Developing tooth decay is usually a slow process that can sometimes take years to progress into a cavity. It begins as enamel breaks down and loses some of its mineral content. As the process continues, enamel loses more mineral content until the structure breaks down and a hole or “cavity” is formed.
Some Cavities Do Not Have Symptoms
Early and moderate tooth decay often has no symptoms, or you may notice only some sensitivity to temperature and sweets. The lack of symptoms from early tooth decay is due to the fact that the nerve tissue in teeth is located at the center of the tooth. It takes some time before tooth decay can penetrate far enough into the tooth for the nerve to become affected and become symptomatic.
When Cavities Can Severely Hurt
The problem is that by the time the nerve is involved and causes pain, the cavity is at an advanced stage and the tooth will require further treatment to correct the problem. When Dr. Seger identifies and fixes cavities before they affect the nerve and become painful, he can generally fix the tooth with smaller, more conservative fillings instead of using advanced restorative techniques.
The best time to schedule an appointment is when you don’t have any symptoms. Routine visits to The Dental Health Center as instructed by Dr. Seger will keep your smile healthy and a step ahead of serious dental conditions.