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when you wait to treat a cavityWhen you wait to treat a cavity, you face the risk of complications occurring that jeopardize your tooth. A cavity’s path of destruction will not be stopped by at-home care, and ultimately it will reach the interior of your tooth. Once it reaches this inner chamber, known as the pulp, a cavity can kill your tooth, and spread beyond it. The longer you put off a dental restoration, the more healthy tooth you are likely to lose. If you want to have extra security to ensure that a cavity is not missed, be sure to visit your dentist regularly for a semiannual oral health checkup.

Cavities Worsen Over Time

Your enamel has a limited ability to recover from decay-causing agents, but once a cavity has opened up, your tooth is effectively defenseless against its growth. This is why early treatment is so valuable. If you have your tooth restored while a cavity is smaller, more of your healthy tooth is left behind. Your dentist will restore what had to be removed with a filling. Because a composite resin material can be used to fill the empty area of the tooth, you can enjoy a restoration that bonds directly to your tooth, and avoids upsetting your appearance.

Why You Should Expect A Dental Crown After A Root Canal

A root canal is not for every cavity. Your dentist will use this procedure to take care of an infection that is attacking the living tissue within your tooth. Due to how much of your tooth has to be removed for this procedure to be performed, a filling will not be enough support. With a dental crown, your affected tooth will be protected sufficiently.