For most people, cavities are a part of life. Sure, you can do your best to brush and floss regularly and to follow the oral hygiene recommendations of your dentist in Highland Park, IL, Dr. Kacel, but sometimes you still end up with a cavity. In fact, it is estimated that more than 25% of the adult population in the U.S. is living with untreated cavities. While some cavities aren’t especially painful (yet) it is still highly recommended that you get a cavity treated as soon as possible.
A cavity is a hole that develops in your teeth that is caused by tooth decay. There is bacteria living on the plaque in our teeth and this bacteria produces acid that causes tooth decay. Cavities continue to grow larger if they are left untreated can cause devastating damage to you tooth.
Cavities are essentially an infection that needs to be treated. The infection grows unless it is stopped with a filling. As the cavity grows it begins to harm different parts of the tooth, eventually causing even greater pain and needing even more treatment to be done by your Highland Park, IL. dentist.
Your teeth are made up of three parts, all of which can be damaged by an untreated cavity. The outer layer is the enamel which is the protective, harder layer. This is where a cavity first begins. Underneath is dentin, the middle layer. Pulp is the inner layer of the tooth which contains the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. If an untreated cavity allows bacteria to almost reach the pulp, the pulp may become inflamed. This condition is known as pulpitis. This painful malady can be treated with a simple filling if it is caught early enough. If the pulpitis is neglected for too long it will require more drastic measures of treatment from your dentist in Deerfield, IL. such as a root canal or possibly even extraction of the tooth.
If you have a cavity, take the advice of your dentist in Highland Park, IL., Dr. Kacel and get it treated right away. It can save you the pain of a more serious infection and also make the treatment needed to fix the cavity much easier.
To schedule an appointment to get a cavity fixed or to get answers to any other questions about any other aspect of oral health, reach out to Steven Kacel, DDS, MAGD, FADI and his friendly staff who will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.