Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Hickory Hills, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
9525 S. 79th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
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Posts for: October, 2018

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cavities  

Cavity Life DiagramDo you have a cavity? The answer may not be obvious as you might think; tooth decay can be sneaky! You may feel pain, but not always. You may notice a hole in your tooth, or you may not. The truth is, only your dentist can tell for sure if you have a cavity, which is why we're here to share some of the signs you might have a cavity. If you feel that you have some of these symptoms, please call one of dentist Dr. Frederic Mrugala's two convenient Illinois office locations in either Westmont or Hickory Hills today!

What are Cavities and What are Some Signs That I Have One?

Cavities are caused by bacterial acid which can eat through tooth enamel. Loss of tooth structure and integrity results in a hole or other defect in your tooth, commonly known as a cavity. Some common signs you may have a cavity include:

  • Pain when you bite down
  • Pain when you eat hot or cold foods
  • Pain when you drink hot or cold beverages
  • Pain when you eat sweets

However, pain is only one symptom and isn't always felt when there's a cavity present. It’s important to be aware of other non-painful symptoms to look for, including:

  • A dark or light spot on a tooth that isn’t removed with brushing
  • A brown or black stain that isn’t removed with brushing
  • An open hole, crack, or crevice in the surface of your tooth

It’s also important to see your dentist at least once each year for an exam and x-rays. Your dentist is the only one who can tell you for sure if you have a cavity. That’s because many cavities begin in between your teeth, in areas you can’t see. As you get older, it’s also common for old fillings to begin to crumble, causing open areas for bacteria to get in and begin to destroy tooth structure.

Protect Your Teeth - Call Our Offices in Either Westmont or Hickory Hills Today!

Don’t let tooth decay take over your smile. Practice excellent oral hygiene habits like brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting your dentist! By following a few healthy tips, you can enjoy a lifetime of beautiful, cavity-free smiles. For more information about cavities and other dental topics, call Dr. Frederic Mrugala with offices in both Westmont ((630) 963-8860) and Hickory Hills ((708) 598-8363). Call today!