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Some people are deathly afraid of the dentist or avoid the local dental office due to fears about high costs. If you have been avoiding your dentist for some time, then you may notice that you have a few cavities in your teeth that have developed. Cavities are extremely common. In fact, about 91% of all adults over the age of 20 have at least one cavity. If you have a cavity, it should be treated as soon as possible. Keep reading to learn why.
It Will Only Get Worse
It can take months or years for a single cavity to grow to the point that you see the telltale black indentation in your tooth. The formation means that your tooth has weakened substantially from constant bacteria attacks and demineralization. A hole has formed in the tooth and the dentin has started to succumb to bacterial destruction. The damaged and dead part of the dentin will appear black or brown in the process.
Once a hole forms, the weak part of the tooth will deepen and widen as bacteria thrive in the area. While it may take some time for the cavity to initially develop, the weakness and decay will continue to spread once you see the hole.
Cavities work their way deeper and deeper into the dentin once they do develop. Dentin is much more porous and softer than enamel. This means that your tooth will have little protection from the spread of decay. If the decay deepens enough to reach the dental pulp, then an infection is likely. Extensive and expensive root canal treatment will then be needed. It is better to have a small cavity removed and filled than to wait and risk having to go through a root canal.
A Crown May Be Needed
If you wait a long time to have a cavity treated, then there is a chance that the decay will grow too large for a simple filling to be secured. If cavity removal requires extensive drilling, then this may leave behind only a small amount of the natural biting edge. Resin composites then may be unable to bond to the tooth properly. This means that the cavity will fail and break away from the tooth. When this happens and the biting edge is narrow, then a crown may be needed to restore and protect the tooth.
Crowns require extensive preparation, multiple dental visits, and the creation of a crown at a laboratory facility. This can increase your costs substantially.
If you think you may have a cavity, head to a dental office as soon as possible.