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What if I don't get my Cavity Repaired?

Posted on 7/28/2014 by Alan Snodgrass
What if I don't get my Cavity Repaired?Cavities, as you know, are caused by bacteria over a relatively short period of time. If you do not have your cavities repaired when they are detected, they will worsen over time. Since cavities are one of the world's most common health problems, what happens if you don't have it repaired?

First Opportunity

Cavities usually occur because your teeth aren't being cared for properly, not enough brushing and flossing, too much sugar, and skipping visits to the dentist. As you get your teeth examined by the dentist, they may find a cavity or cavities. If the decay is only in the enamel, this is the time to stop it and depending on the size of the cavity, you may be able to repair the enamel by taking fluoride.

The Decay is Flourishing

Cavities that have spread into the dentin are pretty common. You are probably noticing that your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, and sweets. Once the cavity has reached the dentin, it will increase in size and because it is now closer to the nerve, will most likely require anesthetic to remove the decay and fill with the desired filling material. If the decay is extensive, a filling may not suffice and it may require a crown or another type of restoration to add strength after the decay is removed.

Critical Level Reached

If your cavity has remained untreated until the decay reaches the pulp (nerves and blood vessels are here), you are probably in pain, swelling and even infection. You must take action to prevent the spread of the infection. The dentist will perform a root canal if any portion of your tooth can be saved and if not the dentist will remove your tooth (extraction). You will then need to be fitted with an implant or bridge to fill in the space and keep the remaining teeth healthy.
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