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Is a Cavity a Dental Emergency?

March 29, 2023

Cavities are a common dental problem. In fact, it's estimated that about 90% of American adults aged 20 years and older have at least one cavity. 

This dental issue appears when the bacteria in your mouth produce acid that eats away at a tooth's enamel. 

Cavities can cause toothaches, sensitivity, and even tooth loss if left untreated. 

While they may not always be a dental emergency, it is important to address cavities as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your teeth and avoid more extensive and costly treatment.

How to Tell If You Have a Cavity 

Sometimes it can be easy to tell that you have a cavity as they can often cause toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and pain when biting or chewing. If you also notice visible holes or dark spots on your teeth, those are clear signs of a cavity. 

However, there are moments when cavities don't cause any symptoms until they have progressed to a more advanced stage. That's why preventive oral care is critical, as it can help you stop cavities in their early stages. 

Diagnosing and Treating Cavities

If you think you may have a cavity, you must visit your dentist for an evaluation. 

Your dentist will examine your teeth and take X-Rays if needed to determine the extent of the damage. If they indeed notice a cavity, then they will recommend treatment to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the hole with filling material, such as composite resin or amalgam.

How to Prevent Cavities

There are several simple steps you can take to prevent cavities and maintain good oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth
  • Use mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath
  • Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups

When to Seek Emergency Dental Care

While a cavity is not usually a dental emergency, there are certain situations where you should seek immediate dental care:

  • Severe toothache that doesn't go away with over-the-counter pain medication
  • Swelling in the face or mouth
  • An abscess (a painful, pus-filled infection)
  • Trauma to the teeth or mouth
  • Broken or knocked-out teeth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a Southington emergency dentist as soon as possible to avoid further damage and preserve your oral health.

Dealing with a Cavity? We Can Help! 

If you are in a lot of pain right now, you shouldn't postpone getting treatment. Waiting too long can only make your infection worse and lead to more severe conditions. 

At Southington Dentistry, we offer emergency dentistry services, so you can get in touch with us at any time and request a same-day appointment. 


Call us at (860) 628-5029 to tell us about your urgent situation. You can also book your appointment online.

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