Do I have a cavity? Knowing when to see a dentist is key.

Most of us have experienced a cavity in our lifetime. If you're experiencing a sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods, you might be wondering whether you need to see a dentist right away, if the pain will go away on its own, or if it's going to get worse.

To understand the answer, we need to address what a cavity actually is. A cavity is a tiny hole in the tooth that gradually expands as time goes on. Often, we see cavities form when acid has eaten away the enamel that protects our teeth. Without the protective enamel, the cavity will gradually grow until it hits the blood vessels and nerves in your tooth. While you can do some things to prevent your cavity from worsening rapidly, a cavity will not go away on its own and will almost certainly worsen if not addressed.

At Garden State Smiles, our dentists are skilled at getting you completely numb so that the entire procedure can be performed with minimal discomfort. Initially, we will remove any decayed material from the tooth and then restore the tooth with a special composite material called a "filling" which fills the hole, preventing liquid or food from entering the void.

Filling most cavities is often completely painless, thanks to an anesthetic your dentist will use to numb the area. Treating early cavities is much easier than when a cavity gets bigger. Most fillings take only 20 - 25 minutes to complete and early stage cavities can take only a few minutes. When you choose Garden State Smiles, there is no need to put off visiting the dentist to treat your cavity.

If you live in Toms River, Brick, Lakewood or the surrounding areas, making an appointment for yourself is easy. Simply call Garden State Smiles of Brick at (732) 477 - 5770 or click here to schedule an appointment online.