Can I Have A Cavity If My Teeth Don't Hurt?
Find out how the absence of pain doesn’t always mean that your smile is healthy.
If your smile feels healthy then it must be healthy, right? Wrong! There are issues that can still be happening to your smile without you even realizing it. That’s why it’s always important to visit one of our Gaithersburg, MD dentists at Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates every six months for routine care.
Sadly, the idea that all dental cavities cause pain is a myth; so, don’t buy into it! You could still have a cavity and not even know it. Cavities are holes in the enamel of the tooth that can continue to get worse unless treated by one our Gaithersburg dentists.
If the cavity continues to progress it will eventually reach the inside of the tooth, where it will affect the nerves and tissues. This is usually what causes pain. Of course, by then, the cavity has already become a serious problem and the only way to treat the tooth is with a root canal and a dental crown.
But, you can prevent this from happening by following through on those six-month exams and cleanings with us. We can often detect cavities through physical examinations, but once a year we will also run X-rays to help us pinpoint problems that are so small that they aren’t visible. These X-rays can be a real lifesaver when it comes to detecting dental problems like infections or decay. Plus, they are usually found early enough that treatment is far less invasive.
So, if you are experiencing dental pain this is a true dental emergency. This is usually a sign of something more serious going on than just a cavity. And if you think that treatment isn’t necessary until you experience pain this could mean some serious issues for your smile. Remember: prevention is key to maintaining good oral health.
Don’t neglect your smile; turn to Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates in Gaithersburg, MD for all of your dental needs. Call our office today to schedule your next routine visit. After all, it’s always best to play it safe rather than sorry when it comes to your oral health.