Cavity

Popper Dental

Periodontists & Prosthodontists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Are you experiencing toothaches, tooth sensitivity or pain, or a dark spot on one or more of your teeth? If so, reach out to Popper Dental, located on the Upper East Side of New York City, to find out if you have a cavity. If left unattended, cavities can develop unpleasant complications, like abscesses, infection, tooth damage, or even tooth loss. Avoid more pain and more time in the dentist’s chair by scheduling an appointment today. To set up your visit, call or use the online booking tool.

Cavity Q & A

Why do cavities develop?

Cavities are tiny holes or tiny openings on the hard area of your teeth. Sometimes called caries or tooth decay, they can develop from bacteria in your mouth, as well as some of the choices you make, such as:

  • Drinking sugary drinks
  • Not cleaning your teeth well
  • Frequent snacking

Cavities are very common, but you can prevent them by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, and visiting Popper Dental for routine exams and professional cleanings.

What are the symptoms of a cavity?

While they vary, based on the cavity’s location and severity, common cavity symptoms include:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Spontaneous tooth pain
  • Pain when you bite
  • Sharp or dull pain when you eat or drink cold, hot, or sweet food or beverages
  • White, brown, or black staining on the tooth
  • Visible pits or holes in the infected tooth

When your cavity first begins to form, you won’t notice anything at all. With regular checkups, the Popper Dental team can detect cavities and take care of them before they become painful or damaging.

Is it okay to not treat a cavity?

If you don’t take care of your cavity, you run the risk of developing complications, including:

  • Damaged or broken teeth
  • Tooth abscess
  • Pus or swelling around the tooth
  • Tooth loss
  • Chewing problems

In extreme cases, abscesses caused by tooth decay can lead to serious or life-threatening infections.

How do you treat a cavity?

Your Popper Dental provider decides how to treat your cavity based on its location and severity. Most often, they choose dental fillings. The practice uses composite dental fillings to fill the hole that your cavity created.

For your comfort, before placing the filling, your provider numbs the area with local anesthesia. When you’re ready, they drill through your tooth enamel to reach any decay. They then remove the decay, clean the area, and shape it. 

Finally, your provider fills the area with the composite filling and polishes it. Composite fillings blend in naturally with your teeth, so no one will know you have a filling.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a cavity, don’t wait to have it checked. Schedule an appointment with the team at Popper Dental by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.