Your teeth feel great, you’ve never had dental problems, but you show up for your dental cleaning and your dentist tells you that you have a cavity. As far as you are concerned, nothing feels wrong or even hurts. Why do you need to have the cavity filled in the first place? After all, can’t you just wait until it causes problems later on before you do anything about it?
No. Here’s why:
It’s Best to Treat Cavities When They are as Small as Possible
Finding tooth decay at its earliest stages means that repairing it will be less invasive to your tooth. It is best to place a very small filling on a tooth than to wait for the cavity to spread to the point where more tooth structure has to be removed.
Just Because it Doesn’t Hurt, Doesn’t Mean Nothing is Wrong
It’s not atypical for cavities to be asymptomatic. That is, the cavity may never hurt – even if it gets bigger. In fact, it’s not uncommon for dentists to see cracked and abscessed teeth in patients who are experiencing no pain at all. While pain is a red flag that should indicate the need for dental care, it isn’t always a symptom.
You’ll Save Money by Filling Your Tooth Sooner
Untreated tooth decay can evolve into a lesion that is too large for a simple filling to correct. What needs a filling today may turn out to be a tooth that needs a root canal tomorrow. On top of the root canal, you also need a crown. Your cost of care just multiplied, all because you avoided the filling when your dentist found a small cavity.
Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
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