do you have a cavity

Cavities start out small and may be difficult to detect on your own. If they go untreated, the decay expands and you may start experiencing symptoms that cause you to suspect that there’s a cavity.


Symptoms of Tooth Decay

One of the most common signs of a cavity is the dark-colored appearance. For example, if you see a discolored area on your tooth’s chewing surface, it could be decay.


Sensitivity is also very common. Especially to sweet foods or liquids. Temperature changes may also be painful when they come into contact with tooth decay. Hot temperatures are a sign that you have a larger cavity that reaches into the nerve.


Discomfort when chewing on a tooth is also a sign of decay or fractures. The pressure of biting or chewing may cause a dull or sharp discomfort.


How do Cavities Form?

Cavities form when bacteria enter a tooth and erode the natural structure. Having poor oral hygiene and not brushing often or well enough, allows the bad bacteria to accumulate and eat away at your enamel.


Eating or drinking sugary foods and drinks, or snacking on unhealthy foods frequently, can cause tooth decay as well.


Types of Treatment for Cavities

There are different ways to repair a cavity. Size and location are two of the top factors that our Long Island dentist will take into consideration when deciding which treatment is best for you. Your options may include:


Composite Filling

Tooth-colored fillings bond closely to teeth enamel and work well for restoring areas that are visible when you smile.


Amalgam (Silver) Filling

These fillings are strong enough to place in back molars that are used for chewing and grinding food. The area doesn’t have to stay dry when placing silver fillings, so they work best on hard to reach back teeth, patients who salivate excessively, or those that can’t open their mouth very wide.

Inlays and Onlays (Lab Made Filling)

Lab made fillings are commonly referred to as three-quarter crowns, which are custom fabricated at a laboratory. They can be made from a strong porcelain or gold material. Inlays fit inside of the biting surface of the tooth while onlays extend and replace one cusp.


Full Crown

“Caps” completely cover your tooth and are a common treatment option when teeth are decayed by more than half. Crowns are the strongest restoration available.


Use Your Dental Benefits Before They Expire

Are you aware that most dental insurance benefits expire at the end of the year? December 31st is approaching quickly and any unused benefits won’t roll over; they simply run out. Be sure to take advantage of the plan that you’re paying for each month. Schedule an appointment with Sachem Dental Group in Long Island, today. A regular cleaning, annual exam, and x-rays are usually covered with no co-pay.


With everyone trying to take advantage of their insurance coverage at the end of the year, appointments are limited. Call us today to schedule while there’s still an opportunity.