Tooth decay is preventable, but it doesn’t repair itself. When you get a cold, some rest fixes your ailment, but that isn’t the same with cavities. Treatment is needed in order to keep the hole from getting worse. Minor cavities are easily repairable and should be dealt with promptly before the condition becomes worse. Using a filling stops not only the decay but also restores the tooth’s function.
What Is A Filling?
A filling is made from composite resin that looks like the natural tooth. It’s placed where the decay was so you are left with a whole, solid tooth once again.
The dentist begins by using a numbing agent around the affected tooth. Then, your tooth is cleaned from the inside and any damaged parts are removed. The dentist prepares a composite resin to restore your tooth to its proper size and shape. This resin is hardened with a light and polished to perfection.
Your filling ensures that the decay doesn’t reach deeper into the tooth. You’ll now be able to bite and chew without causing more issues.
Why Is Prompt Treatment Important?
If the filling is not done right away, the decay might spread and become more severe. Once the decay reaches into the inner chambers of your tooth, you are susceptible to infection and inflammation. If it hits the nerve of the tooth, you might even face an abscess.
Abscessed teeth are risky for your oral health and your general well-being. Once you have an abscess, there is little that can be done short of a root canal or extraction. By taking the time to treat a cavity early, you save the tooth, some money and unnecessary pain down the road.
If you think you might have a small area of decay, it’s time to make an appointment with Plano Dentist.