When you learn that your child requires a dental filling for tooth decay, you may assume it’s okay to prioritize a long list of other things before you follow through on scheduling a visit. Unfortunately, this may not work out as well as you might hope! Fillings are time sensitive and, since we are well aware that many individuals don’t know this, our Dallas, TX team is ready to explain why! Call us just as soon as you can, so we may restore your kiddo’s oral health.
The Cavity Grows Until We Stop It
Before we get into the potential consequences of a cavity that is allowed to become larger, we first remind you of just that: Cavities continue to grow until you come in for a dental filling, which allows us to stop the tooth decay. When you leave it alone, the issue continues to damage more and more of your child’s tooth, growing larger and deeper. Of course, when your goal is to keep your child’s oral health intact (and teeth intact, too), seeing us as soon as you can for care is essential.
Cavities Can Make Way For Infections
Now, let’s talk about the first major consequence of waiting to see us for a dental filling. Remember that we mentioned your child’s cavity will become deeper over time. In the beginning, it’s not providing a passageway into the internal portion of your child’s tooth. However, if it progresses far enough, the cavity does create such an opening. Bacteria will use it to make their way inside, where their presence will result in an infection. Your child will then require a root canal treatment to save the tooth.
Cavities Can Make Way For Broken Teeth
Let’s say the problem is less about the depth of the cavity and more about the fact that your child’s tooth has a hole in it, making it much less stable. As a result, your child’s tooth becomes more likely to break. You don’t want to have to bring your child in for a crown or an extraction when a dental filling would have prevented the damage. We remind you: Come on in soon for the filling! It will be an efficient, comfortable process yielding beautiful results.
Bring Kids In For Fillings Without Hesitation
Remember that setting up a dental filling for your child the moment tooth decay is detected is in everyone’s best interest. The visit will restore your child’s tooth, stop the decay, and prevent all manner of consequences! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, and more.