If your tooth hurts, there are several things it might be. It may be a cracked tooth, or a tooth that has fractured or broken. However, the most common reason your tooth might hurt is also the most obvious–you have a cavity in your tooth. If you aren’t familiar with what cavities are and how they are treated, here’s all of the information you might need.
Why Is It Important to Fix a Cavity?
You need to get a cavity fixed as soon as possible. That’s because if you don’t, the cavity will get bigger and bigger. Because cavities are really bacteria, the cavity will continue to grow until you have it filled. If you don’t get it filled right away, you might lose your tooth, as well as other teeth around it. You could also get a serious infection in either your tooth or your gums. In fact, tooth decay can lead to heart disease, strokes, and aggravation of both diabetes and dementia.
The sooner you come in, the sooner you can get your tooth fixed. It won’t take any time at all. We numb the area around your tooth, drill the cavity out, and fill your tooth. These days, we use a filling that makes your former cavity nearly impossible to see–which is great for your smile. If you practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing twice a day, and coming to see us twice a year, you may be able to keep cavities in check. Preventing cavities is the best way to have a healthy mouth for life.