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Also known as tooth decay, a cavity is permanently damaged area in the hard surface of your teeth that develops into tiny holes. When you’re first getting a cavity, you’re unlikely to notice any signs and symptoms. However, as a cavity progresses, you may face a toothache, tooth sensitivity, mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking a sweet, hot, or cold item, visible holes in your teeth, and/or pain whenever you bite down.

Recently, a patient of Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry asked us whether they could heal a cavity naturally without going to the dentist. The reality is that once a cavity has made its debut, you must go to the dentist to take care of it.

If the cavity has a created a tiny hole in the enamel of your teeth but has yet to spread to the nerves of the tooth, one of our dentists will probably create a filling for it. During filling procedure, we will clean away the decay inside of the cavity with a drill before filling it.

If your cavity is severe, a dentist may need to perform a root canal. While it may take some time to visit the dentist and receive these treatments, doing so can save you a great deal of pain, money, and headaches down the road. It can also help improve the overall health of your teeth and gums down the road.

To prevent cavities, be sure to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly every day. Also, visit a dentist at least every six months or so for routine exams and cleanings.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information on the best way to heal a cavity, schedule an appointment at our Ashburn, VA office. Call us at (703) 757-0833 today. We look forward to hearing from you!