At some point in your life, you may be faced with treating cavities by your dentist. As a product of tooth decay, which results from harmful oral bacteria, cavities are holes in your teeth that continue to grow larger until your dentist treats them. The good news is that, despite being one of the most common dental conditions, cavities are highly treatable. No matter how minor or severe your cavity is, your dentist can provide the optimal solution to stopping it from growing and replacing the tooth structure you’ve lost.
Don’t Ignore Symptoms of Problems
Teeth are incredibly strong. In fact, they are one of the strongest natural substances on earth. Unfortunately, they lack the ability to repair themselves the way so many other parts of the body can. This means that while a scrape or bruise might heal on its own, over time, the teeth are quite different. If you have noticed discoloration or discomfort that could be symptoms of a cavity, these are likely to worsen over time, without treatment. Treating cavities is something you do right away.
Address Issues Quickly for Restored Comfort
Fortunately, when a cavity is addressed quickly, it can usually be corrected through minimally invasive dental fillings. These were once made primarily of metal, but they can now be made of a composite resin material that looks natural and feels comfortable. This allows for increased comfort, and confidence, as well. So there really is no reason to delay a restorative appointment.
Fillings Are Usually Enough
Cavities develop and grow progressively, and the longer you have a cavity, the more extensive your treatment will be. Fortunately, most patients seek treatment in time to restore the cavity with a conservative, custom-designed filling. After cleaning away the infected tooth structure and lingering oral bacteria, your dentist can place a biocompatible filling in the cavity to fortify the tooth and stop bacteria from reentering the cavity.
Root Canal Treatment Might Be Necessary
When you hesitate to seek treatment for your cavity, then a filling might not work by the time you visit your dentist. If the decay reaches the internal part of your tooth, known as the pulp, then your dentist will have to perform root canal therapy to treat it. The procedure involves cleaning away the infection and bacteria from within your tooth’s internal chamber, then sealing the pup and root canal so that they remain strong enough to support your healthy tooth structure.
Find Out More About Treating Cavities
If you have a cavity, then your specific treatment for it will depend on the nature and extent of your condition. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.