Nearly everyone has suffered from a cavity at some point in life. For too many people, an acute toothache prompts a call to the dentist. Did you know that a cavity is sometimes painless, and many people might have one and not even know it? Today, your Waco dentist discusses the importance of cavity detection.

What Is a Cavity?

A cavity is also referred to as dental caries and is a small hole in your tooth, brought on by tooth decay. Over time, this hole can grow , which is why it is so important that you have it repaired. However, you can’t fix a cavity if you don’t know you have one.

What Are The Symptoms of a Cavity?

Although many patients feel pain in their tooth prior to being diagnosed with a cavity, many do not. Cavity detection is one of the main reasons you should visit your Waco dentist at least twice a year. Only a thorough dental examination can reveal a cavity in its earliest stages and allow Dr. Locke to stop it before it worsens.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Once a cavity is discovered, the dentist may suggest a  filling, inlay, onlay, or crown. A filling is a time-tested choice for many patients, but isn’t always ideal. If a cavity is not caught quickly, there may be too much damage for a filling to repair. Inlays and onlays are an option, especially if the cavity is on a back tooth, where chewing pressure is greatest. A crown is usually placed over a tooth if the deterioration is severe.

Schedule An Appointment With Your Waco Dentist Today

If you experience a toothache or need to schedule your six-month checkup and cleaning, call our Waco dentist office today at 254-776-4888. Your Waco dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke, gladly welcomes patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.