Dental Implants: Stains, Whitenings and Other Considerations
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Dental Implants: Stains, Whitenings and Other Considerations

Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!

Dental Implants: Stains, Whitenings and Other Considerations

2 Signs You May Have a Cavity in One of Your Teeth That Requires a Filling

Isobel Berry

When you think about having a cavity in your tooth, you may think that you will know it. You may believe that the opening in your tooth's enamel will automatically give you discomfort, causing pain whenever you eat something sweet or drink something cold. 

However, especially in its beginning stages, you may not readily realise that you even have a cavity. However, even in these early stages, there are a couple of signs that indicate that you may have a cavity in one of your teeth that requires a dental filling

1. Your Dental Floss Snags on the Same Tooth Every Time You Try to Floss Your Teeth

One sign that you may have a cavity in one of your teeth can be discovered while you are flossing. Ordinarily, whenever you insert the floss between two teeth, you should not meet any resistance.

However, if you find that the floss snags on the same tooth each time you floss your teeth, it could be catching on the rough edges of the enamel that often surrounds a cavity. If your floss keeps snagging, try to locate the tooth in the mirror, and look for the additional sign addressed in the next section.

2. You See a Dark Mark on Your Tooth That Is Sensitive and Feels Jagged When Your Tongue Touches It

Another sign you should be on the lookout for when trying to determine whether you have a cavity is a dark mark on the tooth. When a cavity starts to form, the enamel is starting to decay, and the tooth will start to lose its colour and turn dark brown or black as the cavity forms.

If you see a dark mark, lightly touch your tongue to its surface. You may feel the jagged edges that have been snagging your dental floss. And, if the pulp is starting to become exposed, the tooth may have some sensitivity when you touch it with your tongue.

Whether or not you have a toothache, you could have a cavity forming in one of your teeth that causes a snag every time you floss your teeth. You may also see a dark mark on your tooth that is sensitive and feels jagged whenever your tongue touches it. If you suspect that you have a cavity in one of your teeth, make an appointment with a dentist to find out if you need to get a dental filling.