Fixing a Cavity-Marred Front Tooth

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Photo of patient smile at Lincoln Center Smiles in Portland, ORNo one wants a cavity anywhere in their mouth because cavities are not only unsightly, but they can cause real issues for any tooth due to infection. Most cavities occur in the back of your mouth in your molars because they are difficult to reach with toothbrushes and flossers, they are large with uneven surfaces, and they can be difficult to detect when they are small. But what happens if a cavity occurs in one of your front teeth?

Those Front Teeth

You may not know this, but all of your teeth have names because of the jobs they do. Your four front teeth in both jaws are called incisors, and their main job is to slice your food into bite-sized portions. Incisors are the most visible teeth you have, and they are the teeth you see in all of those photos. While cavities in your eight incisors are not common, they do occur.

Cavities in Your Front Teeth

It can be difficult to see cavities in teeth located farther inside your mouth, but you may have little trouble spotting a cavity on one of your incisors because those teeth are so visible. You might notice pain when you are biting down on food, or you may notice a spot on one of your teeth that does not brush away. Your tooth might become sensitive as well.

Can You Fix an Incisor Cavity?

The ease with which our dentist can fix a cavity on the incisor depends on how large the cavity is. If the cavity is small, dentists can fix it quickly using porcelain or resin that matches your tooth color so that the hole is not visible at all. However, if the cavity is larger, the problem becomes more difficult but not impossible. You may not have heard of this, but your incisors can be capped or crowned in much the same way you can have a crown on your molars. This ensures that the only person who knows you had a front cavity besides our dentist is you.

Think you have a cavity in one of your front teeth? Call us at the office today to schedule an appointment.

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