When your dentist tells you that you have a cavity, you may not be inclined to have it treated right away unless it’s actually causing you some discomfort. Some cavities have absolutely no symptoms, no matter how large they are. Other people may find that even the tiniest area of decalcification causes some sensitivity. If your dentist identifies an area of decay in its early stages, it’s best to have it treated as soon as possible.
Early treatment prevents complications due to the decay becoming progressively larger. Large areas of decay can cause the entire crown portion of the tooth to break off or need a crown. Untreated decay will continue to cause destruction of nearby enamel in the same tooth, until it has severely broken down or eroded into the nerve chamber. Once the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, it will abscess and typically cause severe pain. By this point, a filling is no longer effective treatment, and the tooth will require root canal therapy in order to prevent extraction.
Early treatment prevents decay from spreading to adjacent teeth. Even a very small cavity between the teeth can “jump” to the next tooth. These areas are in close proximity to one another, and any lack of hygiene between the teeth (such as flossing) will encourage the decay to spread even faster. Instead of one tooth to have restored, you’ll have two.
Early treatment by your Duluth GA dentist keeps costs lower. Small fillings obviously cost less to have performed than a large filling, or even a root canal and crown. The longer the decay goes untreated, the bigger and more expensive it becomes to treat.
Posted on behalf of Rowe Family Dental Care
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