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The Signs and Symptoms of a Cavity Elk Grove, CA
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The Signs and Symptoms of a Cavity

Cavity: the word you never want to hear your dentist say, right? In fact, the pursuit to avoid cavities was probably what motivated you to actually brush and floss as a young child. Contrary to popular belief, cavities are not just for kids. Adults are vulnerable to tooth decay too. Research shows that roughly 90% of North Americans will get at least one cavity in their lifetime.

Detecting a cavity at its earliest stages, just like any other dental health problem, can mean more effective and more conservative treatment. If you skip your routine dental appointment, you’ve put yourself at a much greater risk of letting tooth decay go undetected. What once could be treated with a simple composite resin filling, may now require a crown or root canal therapy.

While the initial stages of a cavity are usually without symptoms, it will soon reach a level that patients will notice. Here are some worsening symptoms of a cavity to be aware of:

  • Sensitivity to hold and cold
  • Tooth pain
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • A sticky, tarry feeling when you bite down
  • Puss or discharge around a tooth
  • Visible discoloring, usually black or brown
  • Small pits or holes in the tooth

If you are experiencing any of the above cavity symptoms, please call our office as soon as possible. At Laguna West Dental Care, we use the latest dental technology to care for your smile and detect cavities at their earliest and most conservatively treated stages. Remember that if you are already suffering from noticeable tooth decay symptoms, no amount of brushing and flossing can eradicate the decay. At this point, you need professional dental treatment to save your smile.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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Elk Grove, CA 95758

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Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!