When you discover you have a
cavity, it’s important to seek immediate treatment. A cavity is a small
hole in your tooth which is an early indication of decay. The plaque that’s
affixed to your teeth contains damaging bacteria, which produces acid
that deteriorates your teeth and results in cavities if the plaque isn’t
extracted. If left untreated, the cavity can increase in size, resulting
in permanent tooth damage.
The following are the three parts of a tooth:
Enamel – Considered the first line of defense, it’s the strong and
protective layer of the tooth
Dentin – The middle layer
Pulp – The inner layer which contains the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels
If left untreated, the bacteria in the cavity will penetrate the enamel,
enter the dentin layer, and eventually the pulp. Once the bacteria reaches
the pulp, it can result in a condition known as pulpitis, which can lead
to a root canal or tooth extraction if a filling isn’t used.
According to data collected by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial
Research (NIDCR), 26% of adults ages 20 to 64 have untreated decay. Due
to the frequent development of cavities in our lifetime, some believe
they can get away with saving themselves money by leaving them untreated.
However, once the harmful bacteria creates a cavity, it will continually
grow unless it’s repaired with a filling.
Austell dentist help you get on the right track toward better health. Our high-quality
dental services are only a phone call away at (770) 467-3888.