People wonder, after being diagnosed with a cavity, what to do until it is filled. The following tips will help you take care of a cavity before and after it is filled.
Where Do Cavities Typically Develop?
Cavities usually develop next to the crevices of biting surfaces or along the gum line. Some cavities may develop between teeth, and can be found after an x-ray. If you have a cavity, you need to have it filled as soon as possible. In the meantime, you will need to make sure you keep your tooth extra until it is filled. Don't eat sticky candies or hard and crunchy foods. Instead, switch to fresh fruits and vegetables and yogurt for dessert.
How to Treat a Tooth that Has a Cavity
Again, you don't want to wait too long to have the decay removed and your tooth filled. If you have the tooth filled, we will remove the damaged part of the tooth with a drill, then fill it. If the decay is deep, we will usually remove the decayed section and replace it with a crown. If you wait too long, we may have to perform a root canal, as the decay can reach into the soft portion of the tooth, or pulp. If only a small cavity is diagnosed, you don't have the luxury to wait. You will need to get your tooth filled immediately.
Let us help you maintain your dental health now and in the future. You can stop tooth decay before it progresses if you schedule regular dental cleanings and exams every six months. If you have not had an exam or cleaning in the last six months, give us a call. We will take care of any of your dental worries and woes. The quicker you treat a cavity the better you will feel about your smile and your overall health.