Between smart at-home care and regular dental checkups, you can drastically limit your likelihood of suffering an advanced cavity. If you do develop a cavity, your dentist can identify it in its earlier stages at a checkup. If it is caught in time and restored with a filling, you lose less of your natural tooth, and enjoy a less involved treatment. However, if a cavity is left to continue its spread, it can become painful, and make your tooth sensitive. If you develop an advanced cavity, your dentist will need to remove the infection before it spreads beyond your tooth.
A Root Canal Stops Infection From Killing Your Tooth
A cavity that has entered your pulp can be a big problem. Aside from being uncomfortable, it can actually leave your tooth irreparably damaged. The infection can even spread, and cause more health troubles elsewhere. A root canal treatment involves your dentist accessing, and eliminating, an infection at the center of your tooth. Because this can leave you with a significant amount of your natural tooth lost, you will likely need to have it covered with a dental crown.
Tooth Extraction And Replacement
If you wait too long to treat a cavity, you can lose the tooth in question. If this happens, there are replacement options available. An implant-supported prosthetic tooth is held in place via a dental implant, which is surgically inserted to your jawbone. The implant is intended to provide the type of support your natural teeth receive from their roots.
Avoiding Advanced Cavities By Making Routine Dental Visits
A routine visit enables your dentist to be on the lookout for cavities, including smaller cavities you may not realize are present. This inspection lends you a huge advantage in your efforts to avoid serious decay.
ABOUT YOUR PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS DENTIST:
With decades of professional dental care experience, native of Kansas City, Robert M Browne, DDS is proud to provide general, cosmetic, restorative, and prosthetic care to patients from Prairie Village and surrounding communities. To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.