One moment you have a cavity in your smile and your general dentist suggests that you receive a dental filling. The next, you find yourself in our chair in need of a dental extraction to be followed by a dental implant. What on earth happened, you may wonder? As far as you thought, you had all the time in the world to address your tooth decay. Is there some detail you’re missing? To help you become more familiar with why treating decay immediately is so significant, we offer solid information for the future.
About Tooth Decay
When you find out that you have a cavity, it’s extremely important to keep one word in mind: Progressive. Why so? Well, tooth decay is a progressive disease, which means it continues to advance and advance until you make a decision to put a stop to it. As a result, you aren’t going to have a small hole that remains the same size, shape, depth, and severity. You’ll have tissue that’s essentially rotting away until you receive treatment.
About Restorative Treatments
Before you end up finding yourself in need of a dental extraction and dental implant, there are restorative treatments that will help in rescuing your tooth. For mild to moderate cavities, you can receive a dental filling. For more advanced tooth decay, you may be able to receive a crown. However, when the disease progresses beyond the help you can receive from restorative care, it will be time to remove the tooth to save your overall oral health.
When You Need Replacement
The good news is that while you may have avoided losing your tooth, you still have the option of replacing it completely with a dental implant! In addition, with your new knowledge, you may also avoid this problem from happening in the future. Remember, preventing tooth loss is often as simple as keeping up with your restorative care as suggested to you.
Keep Teeth Healthy And Safe With Our Help
Learn more about how to best replace missing teeth and how to avoid additional tooth loss in the future when you visit our practice. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.