FAQs: How Do You Fix a Cavity?

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Less than 2% of the population is immune to dental caries, which means that at some point you will probably develop a cavity. Tooth decay affects both children and adults. Without treatment, the health and appearance of your tooth can suffer. Fortunately, at A Briter Smiles Dental Group, we offer long lasting and lifelike restoration procedures to repair cavities and restore your smile to optimal health and appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Correcting Cavities

Question: How do I know if I have a cavity?

Answer: Common symptoms of a cavity include tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and a persistent toothache. If you notice either of these symptoms and they continue after 48 hours, then schedule an appointment right away. We will diagnose and assess the cause and severity of your cavity. Then, our doctors can recommend the most appropriate treatment.

Question: What happens if I ignore a cavity?

Answer: Without treatment, a cavity can continue to spread. Soon, the bacteria can reach the inner pulp where an infection will begin. An infected tooth may require a root canal or eventually, an extraction.

Question: What are tooth-colored fillings?

Answer: The most common and conservative treatment for a cavity is a filling. At our office, we offer metal-free fillings made using a composite resin. Shaded to match surrounding teeth, these fillings blend seamlessly with your smile.

Question: Will I need a dental crown?

Answer: For advanced decay, you may require more than a filling. A dental crown is a cap that fits over the visible portion of your tooth. Made using porcelain for a lifelike appearance, our crowns preserve the remaining tooth structure and prevent the spread of decay.

About Your Los Angeles Dentists

At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Los Angeles office at (323) 747-1823. We proudly serve communities in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hermon, and Washington Heights.