Though we all try to avoid it, many of us end up getting cavities. Over time, this decay can spread throughout the tooth, causing excessive damage and pain. It’s important to deal with cavities before they become a nuisance. Luckily, with early intervention, cavities can be treated with simple, composite restorations that look natural. Read on to find out more.
Tooth decay happens at a gradual pace, and it’s easy to go unnoticed. However, cavities do sometimes let you know they’re there. If you ever feel sensitivity while eating sweets, that’s your tooth’s way of letting you know it may have a cavity.
However, even if you don’t feel anything, you may still have a cavity. Oftentimes, a tooth will show symptoms when the decay gets very close to the pulp. By that time, it may already be too late to do a filling, and you may need a root canal instead.
Tooth decay that is left untreated will continue to grow, slowly traveling closer to the tooth’s pulpal tissue. Cavities do not travel in a straight line, but outward from their point of entry in a circular shape. Consequently, by the time they reach the center of the tooth, they have also destroyed a large portion of the tooth’s crown. A tooth with advanced decay will often require a root canal and crown to repair it. As with many other things in life, it’s better to tackle a cavity early on, instead of putting it off for later.
Relax! At Highline Dental we only do composite, or tooth-colored, fillings. Although amalgam (silver) fillings are perfectly reliable and durable, we prefer composite restorations due to their aesthetics. We want our patients to feel good about their smiles, and that can only be accomplished with composite fillings. However, don’t get the wrong impression: composite fillings are durable and more than adequate at protecting your teeth.
Composite restorations are great at fixing teeth, but in a more limited space. If your tooth is missing a significant amount of structure, a crown may be a better option. In order to determine that, a visit to our office would be necessary.