When a cavity starts, it softens the tooth and can start to spread quickly. Over time, the cavity can grow and eventually cause discomfort. The earlier we catch it and clean it up, the more tooth we are able to keep. Early detection also means decreasing your chances of sensitivity or complications.
Depending on the location and depth of a cavity, fillings can restore a tooth back to its original shape and feel. Small cosmetic defects can also be fixed with fillings in certain cases, by fixing small chips or worn areas near your gums.
If we catch things very early on in the process, we can stop decay from ever happening with a protective sealant. This procedure requires requires zero numbing and seals off the deep grooves and pits of your back teeth where cavities tend to settle.