When you have a cavity, treating is as soon as possible is important for many reasons. For example, the sooner you treat it, the sooner you can relieve the toothache that it causes so you can enjoy your food and beverages comfortably again. Treating a cavity early also allows you to keep the treatment minimal, often with a biocompatible tooth-colored filling. By filling the cavity, you can look forward to preserving your tooth and avoiding the need for more extensive treatment later.
Your cavity won’t make your tooth hurt anymore
A cavity in your tooth is a hole that forms when tooth decay erodes the structure. Though your main tooth structure is strong, it’s also more sensitive than the mineralized enamel around it. This means the cavity will cause your tooth to grow increasingly more sensitive and painful as it progresses. The only way to alleviate the discomfort is to clean the infection from the cavity and fill it with a biocompatible filling that will restore and protect the tooth’s exposed main structure.
It won’t be noticeable once it’s in place
With today’s more modern dental techniques and materials, most common dental treatments can be completed in a highly discreet way. The same is true with modern tooth fillings, which are often crafted from highly customizable composite resin. The composite resin can be tinted to match the unique color and shade of your healthy tooth structure, making the tooth filling blend in and remain unnoticeable when you speak and smile. For patients who worry about how traditional metal fillings may make their teeth look, the more natural appearance of a tooth-colored filling can be a significant benefit to look forward to.
You can avoid more serious root canal treatment
When you hesitate to treat a cavity while it’s still in its early stage, it won’t take long for the decay to progress through more of your tooth’s natural structure. In more severe cases of tooth decay, the infection can reach the inner pulp chamber of the tooth and become too invasive for a tooth filling to successfully address it. To avoid the need for more involved root canal treatment to address more severe decay, it’s preferable to diagnose and fill a cavity as soon as possible.
Look forward to treating your tooth cavity
A cavity in your tooth can do more than just make it hurt, but also threaten its long-term heath and integrity. With a tooth filling, you can look forward to relieving the pain and saving your tooth in a highly discreet manner. To learn more, contact our office by calling Syosset Dental in Syosset, NY, today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930.