Why You Should Not Wait To Treat A Cavity
Cavities Will Continue To Grow If Left Untreated
A cavity will only get worse with time. Once harmful bacteria creates a cavity, it will continue to grow if not repaired with a filling. To better understand the damage a cavity can do to your tooth, let’s look at some tooth anatomy.
A tooth consists of three parts:
- The hard and protective outer layer called the enamel
- The middle layer called dentin
- The inner layer called the pulp, which contains the tooth’s blood vessels and nerves
Tooth enamel is the first line of defense against cavity causing bacteria. If treatment of a cavity is postponed, the bacteria eventually gets through the enamel and enters into the layer of dentin, and eventually, the pulp.
If bacteria reaches the dental pulp, it can lead to a condition known as pulpitis, which is inflammation of the pulp. If treated quickly, it can be treated with a simple filling. If left untreated, more serious measures such as a root canal or tooth extraction may need to be taken.
Your health and comfort are our priority, Dr. Guerra and his staff are here for you. Let us help you maintain a cavity-free, beautiful smile! Call us to schedule an appointment at our North Palm Beach office: 561-844-6146.