A cavity is one of the most widespread dental health issues around. In fact, according to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, over a fourth of children between the ages of 2 and 5 and half of kids between the ages of 12 and 15 have one or more cavities. There are a number of signs to watch for that may indicate dental caries. By detecting a cavity in the early stages, you can help your child avoid the need for root canal or extraction.

The Causes and Symptoms of a Cavity

How do you know if you or your child may have a cavity? One of the most common indicators is discomfort. Children and adults may start to notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Soon, this may develop into a full-blown toothache. If you experience a toothache that persists for more than 48 hours, see your Dallas TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, right away. Using digital x-rays, she can uncover evidence of tooth decay, even in the earliest stages. You can then receive treatment before the problem requires more costly and invasive measures. So, don’t ignore that toothache, schedule an appointment with your Dallas TX dentist.

Treating Tooth Decay

How will your Dallas TX dentist treat a cavity? That will depend on the cause and extent of your dental caries. For most cases of tooth decay, Dr. Truong will place a filling. Instead of metal, we use composite resin to place white fillings that blend with the surrounding tooth. For advanced decay, you may need a little more than just a filling. Dr. Truong may need to place a crown, or a cap that fits over the visible portion of the tooth. The crown will be made from either gold, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

About Dr. Truong: Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. Our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).