At LV Smile Center, we believe that the best way to keep your smile healthy is to prevent cavities before they start. Even then, it’s common for a cavity to pop up every once in a while. Fortunately, there are a lot of steps that can be taken to reduce the extent of dental work you need later on down the road.
It all starts with diagnosing cavities earlier, rather than later. Why, you ask? Here are a few answers to the most common questions that we get:
Why do you use x-rays to screen cavities?
Cavities have a knack for eating through your enamel and then exploding inside of the softer tooth structure underneath. As such, it’s not always possible to see them “with the naked eye” during a dental exam. Using x-rays to screen for cavities allows our dentist in Las Vegas to see between and inside of the teeth.
My tooth is sensitive. Is it a cavity?
Not necessarily. Watch for symptoms of sensitivity to specific types of foods, such as sweetened beverages like tea. A bit of sensitivity to cold may just be a symptom of gum recession.
My tooth doesn’t hurt and I don’t see any holes, so why are you telling me to fill it?
The best way to make as minimal of an impact as possible on your tooth is to fill the cavity when it’s small. That way you can retain the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure possible! If you wait until it hurts, you might need a crown or a root canal.