The Trouble With Delaying Cavity Treatment

Have you put off treatment for a cavity, or are you holding off on seeing your dentist about a possible problem with decay? Doing so can ultimately cause more problems than you may realize. While we can prevent the formation of cavities with our daily oral hygiene efforts, cavities that have already formed will keep causing problems. What this means is that the more you wait, the more likely you are to have a problem that requires more involved treatment. Complications from severe decay include the development of an infection as well as the risk that bacteria will keep spreading and leave your tooth’s health deteriorated to the point that it cannot be saved. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office is prepared to help you. By providing timely care for your tooth, we can make sure that the trouble is resolved and that you have lasting protection from a filling or dental crown!

Can Putting Off A Cavity Treatment Really Cause Problems?

If you put off treatment for dental decay, you leave a cavity with more time to grow and do harm. Brushing and flossing are always important, but they are not able to stop decay from spreading once a cavity has developed. Over time, the damage to your tooth structure will worsen, which means more of it is permanently lost, and more work can be required to protect your oral health. Remember that you can actually have a cavity caught and treated before you realize something is wrong when you are consistent with routine dental exams, which can lead to the observation and treatment of a problem in its early stages.

Early Treatment Can Limit The Harm To Your Tooth Structure

When a cavity is caught before it is causing you discomfort, Dr. Foust can treat it before you need anything more than a dental filling. A filling is a conservative treatment option that prevents the need to remove or otherwise modify enamel surrounding the decayed area. Your tooth will have infected tissues removed, and the space that this work creates will be filled by a composite resin substance that imitates healthy enamel and provides important functional support.

Restoring Your Tooth After Treating More Advanced Decay

A cavity that keeps growing will eventually do more harm than a dental filling can treat. What does this mean for your tooth? To provide the support it will need for its long-term health, we can provide a dental crown. This does make more preparatory work necessary, and you will lose more of the tooth structure. With that said, you can be relieved to know that a crown can dependably support your tooth’s health and bite function while also preserving your smile! This is because your options for care include crowns that are made to carefully imitate healthy enamel.

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Scheduling Cavity Treatment!

For more information on the cavity services we offer, or to book your appointment, please reach out to Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.