How A Tiny Cavity Can Lead To Tooth Loss

When you learn that you have a small cavity in your tooth, you might breathe a sigh of relief. You might also think that you can keep doing what you’ve been doing, that you’ve just bought yourself a ton of time, and that even if it takes you a bit longer to get into the swing of things with consistent dental habits, all is well. The truth, however, is that the little evidence of tooth decay present in your smile is no laughing matter. What needs a simple filling right now could suddenly result in tooth loss. “How is this possible?” you ask. Consider the facts!

That Cavity Will Grow!

Yes, a tiny cavity is something we can treat with a filling. Your tooth decay will be gone and you’ll be able to go on your merry way. However, don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can wait months or years before you do something about it because that tiny cavity will no longer be so small! It can become quite large, your tooth can break, and you can find yourself facing the fact that the only option left is an extraction, which equals tooth loss.

Bacteria Will Gladly Invade

Even if you only have a small cavity that has not yet grown, if it’s deep enough, it will act as a pathway for bacteria to use. They’ll take this quick little tunnel into your tooth, where they will come into contact with your dental pulp. The result? An infection. Of course, if the infection goes unnoticed for too long, you will end up facing tooth loss as we must remove a severely infected tooth. The moral of the story? Treat cavities ASAP.

Protect Yourself From Tooth Loss With Our Help

Learn more about what it means to take care of your teeth and how the essentials can actually help you avoid dealing with tooth loss. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.