The Consequences Of Avoiding Restorative Treatment

Choosing Dental Crowns vs. Porcelain VeneersLast week we looked at a number of our restorative treatments, including fillings, single-visit crowns, and even root canal therapy. When a tooth becomes damaged or you experience the warning signs of a cavity, you need to see the dentist right away. Without restorative treatment, serious consequences could develop, including a greater risk of tooth loss.

Frequently Asked Questions About Restorative Treatment

Question: What causes a cavity to form?

Answer: Tooth decay forms when the outer layer of enamel, designed to protect the teeth, becomes compromised. An injury or enamel erosion caused by poor oral hygiene can cause this to happen. Bacteria then reaches the inner pulp, causing a cavity. Without restorative treatment, the decay will continue to grow.

Question: Could untreated damage lead to infection?

Answer: Unfortunately, Yes. Without treatment, a cavity will eventually reach the inner pulp, allowing bacteria to come into contact with the tooth’s nerve center. An infection the forms, leading to pain when eating, fever, swelling near the tooth, aches, and a greater risk of needing extraction to prevent the infection from spreading.

Question: Could I lose a tooth?

Answer: Yes. Without dental restoration, the infection could effectively kill the tooth. At this point, we need to remove it, otherwise the infection could reach surrounding teeth and threaten their stability as well. However, a root canal procedure can help prevent this outcome by restoring the tooth to optimal function and health.

Question: When should I see the dentist?

Answer: You should see your dentist every six months, which makes uncovering a problem in the earliest (and most easily treatable) stage much more likely. In addition, you should see the dentist once you notice discomfort or sensitivity that doesn’t subside, as this could be a sign of decay or possibly an infection. Finally, if you chip or damage a tooth, see the dentist right away


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