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If you have a cavity, you probably know that you should have it filled as soon as possible—but do you know why? If cavities aren’t addressed, they could spread and become more difficult to treat. In fact, if a cavity isn’t treated quickly enough, you could even need root canal therapy to restore the health of the afflicted tooth. Fortunately, you should be able to avoid this issue if you fill your cavity quickly.

You may not immediately know that a cavity has started to develop. You should visit our dentist as soon as you recognize the signs of a cavity—but you should also remember to visit our dentist once every six months. During these treatments, we’ll inspect your mouth for signs of trouble and help you prevent more serious issues.

One common early sign of a cavity is pain. You may experience this pain consistently or just when you bite down. Developing sudden sensitivity can be another indicator of a cavity. Dark brown or black spots or visible holes in your teeth are indicators of cavities.

Fortunately, treating a cavity is fairly simple if it’s recognized early enough. If the decay has not broken through your enamel, our team could simply place a sealant. If your enamel is penetrated, our team will fill your tooth.

If you’re interested in learning more about treating or addressing a cavity, please don’t hesitate to contact Bradley L. Dyer DDS PC at 865-453-2731. Dr. Bradley Dyer and our team are excited to hear from you soon!