What Happens When Cavities Go Untreated

hand holds radiographCavities are a result of tooth decay and can become a painful nuisance. We always insist that our patients get their cavities filled as soon as they are discovered.

A cavity can be compared to an infection. A result of tooth decay, cavities are composed of harmful bacteria which combined with an acidic environment, attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. Over time, small holes form in a tooth which grow and proliferate if gone untreated.

If a cavity is not filled it can destroy a large portion of the tooth making it difficult to be restored with a conventional filling. Over time a dental crown or painful root canal procedure may be required. In extreme cases a tooth may need to be removed to preserve the surrounding tissue and bone.

If the cost of a filling is your main deterrent when avoiding dental procedures, keep in mind that the cost of periodontal treatment or a root canal procedure is far higher than a simple filling.

To avoid a costly extraction and dental implant, be sure to visit your dentist at least once every six months. A cavity that is detected early can be treated and will do less damage to your tooth and your wallet.

To save you even more money avoid cavities altogether! The best way to avoid fillings is to be diligent about your home care routine.

A healthy regimen of brushing twice a day, flossing every day and utilizing fluoride will do wonders to halt the perils of tooth decay.

Additionally, keep in mind that children are more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay as the minerals in new teeth are not stable and easier for acids to eat away.

For more information on how to treat and prevent tooth decay talk to your dentist during your next appointment!

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