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How Soon Should I Have My Cavity Filled?

October 04, 2016 By Dr. Rick Leppo

blog11If it's your first time having a cavity (or you haven't had one in some time), you might be asking yourself, "How long can I wait before I get this thing fixed?"

Well, it all depends.

Tooth decay is something that is non-reversible. If we catch it in the very beginning stages of demineralization, it may be possible to remineralize the tooth or seal the area off before it becomes a larger problem. But, if the decay has worked its way through your enamel, it's only a matter of time before it causes even bigger problems.

Untreated cavities also have the potential to spread into the nerve of a tooth, causing abscesses or infections that can expand further into the body. They're also known to jump from one tooth to the next, even if that other tooth had no cavity during your last dental checkup.

The best way to fight tooth decay is to treat it as soon as it's diagnosed. A very small white filling is the best and least invasive way to restore your damaged tooth. Waiting another visit or two before you decide to do something about your cavity may mean that you're in need of a root canal or crown.

How do you know if you have a cavity?

Watch for signs like:

  • Rough areas that you can feel with your tongue
  • Food catching between your teeth during your meals
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Sensitivity to specific types of foods or beverages

As soon as you experience any of these symptoms, let us know. A quick check and x-ray at Columbia Dental Center may be all that you need for your peace of mind! Call us today to schedule.

Posted on behalf of Columbia Dental Center

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