You’ve seen it. You wish you hadn’t, but you know it’s there.
You have a cavity on one of your teeth. That dark spot wasn’t a piece of food that you could just brush away. That’s disappointing, but it could be worse. You could choose to ignore the problem.
Eventually, you will need to take action. It’s also why we encourage you to be proactive anytime you notice the development of tooth decay. By taking advantage of our restorative dentistry, you can solve a small problem instead of being forced to deal with a big one.
Call 256-801-0002 in the early stages to make an appointment at the Huntsville, AL dental office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS.
Get A Filling For Faster Relief
At one time or another, most of us will develop a cavity. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90 percent of people will have at least one cavity. The NIH also reports that roughly 1 in 4 adults has untreated tooth decay right now.
In other words, if you don’t have a cavity today, you may have one in the future. The symptoms of decay can include increased sensitivity or a toothache. For your sake, we hope you notice other symptoms such as holes in the tooth or a darkening of the tooth. By treating your cavity at that point, you could avoid the pain that can come with it.
At our office, we have a pain-free, hassle-free approach to tooth fillings. If you have a cavity, the first step in your treatment is helping you feel comfortable and relaxed. You can watch television, rest your head on a comfy pillow, and snuggle under a cozy blanket. We offer local anesthetic and dental sedation to keep you free from pain, too.
After removing the decay, we fill your cavity with a composite resin. This gives you a white filling that restores the function of your tooth. Unlike metal fillings, these fillings also restore the natural appearance of your smile.
Save Your Smile
If your cavity grows too large, a filling won’t be enough to fix it. In many cases, a dental crown can be a great solution. Modern crowns are made with durable ceramics that restore the appearance and the function of your tooth. With proper care, these crowns can last for decades.
Our hope, for your sake, is that you will seek treatment before you develop a tooth infection. This occurs when the bacteria that cause decay reach the pulp, which is soft tissue at the center of your tooth. When the pulp is inflamed it can be quite painful. It also can require a root canal, which most people would rather avoid.
In rare cases, tooth decay can be so severe that a tooth is not savable. In those instances, we may recommend removing and replacing your tooth. Compared to a dental filling, that can be quite costly.
Take Action Today To Save Your Tooth
If you are seeing any of the symptoms of a cavity, don’t wait to do something about it. Getting a tooth filling sooner can protect your smile and save you money in the long run. Call Dr. Perkins at 256-801-0002 or contact us online to request an appointment at our Huntsville, AL dental office.