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Dental Fillings: Why You Can’t Afford to Wait

Posted in Fillings

When a little cavity is out of sight, it easily goes out of mind.

Your dentist may tell you that you have the beginnings of tooth decay, but you don’t feel anything bothering you right now. It might seem reasonable to leave it alone until you start to feel it. Waiting could end up costing you a whole lot more in the long run.

Why It Goes Forgotten

Some folks feel they don’t have the time for a filling appointment amid a busy work schedule. Perhaps a cavity is small enough that it can wait a month or so. Then you get busy and that month turns into six months and then a year. And that cavity? Probably not so small anymore!

When Decay Spreads Unchecked

Waiting for a cavity to worsen is basically waiting for it to infect more teeth. It can spread so far that the tooth is no longer strong enough to have a filling and a crown becomes a necessity. Also, the decay hosts bacteria, which easily spread to other teeth and can start cavities there.

How a Filling Helps

A filling procedure is intended to:

  • Remove infected tooth material
  • Clean out cavity-causing bacteria
  • Stop the advance of decay
  • Shore up the tooth’s structural integrity
  • Seal out other cavity-causing bacteria

A tiny cavity may seem like no big deal. A tiny filling really is no big deal, but it can prevent a small cavity from turning into a major problem – if you don’t put it off! Find out more about the restorative process at your local dental office by scheduling a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 898-8872

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