Tooth Decay: The Gateway Problem

You have likely heard the term “gateway” before as something that’s an initial problem, which leads to far worse concerns. When it comes to your smile, we encourage you to think of tooth decay as a dangerous introduction to complications. What’s the big deal, you wonder? Who cares about a little cavity? Well. It can blossom very quickly, often without you even realizing it. Let us explain.

In The Beginning

At first, your cavity is very little. It’s extremely easy for us to treat, so the problem doesn’t worsen. However, if you don’t even know it’s there because you’re not coming in often enough for checkups or if you don’t schedule a filling, your tooth decay can quickly get quite large. It will damage your tooth significantly and can lead to problems.

About Those Complications

One moment, you have a small cavity in your tooth. The next, your decay has opened up the door for a whole host of potential concerns that will require more money, more complicated treatment than a simple filling, and that will potentially shorten the lifespan of your tooth. An opening in your tissue means bacteria can get in (and lead to an infection). A hole means your tooth is so much more likely to suddenly break.

Avoid The Problem

Don’t want a root canal, crown, or an extraction? Come on in for that filling immediately! Rather than letting tooth decay turn into something so much worse, we suggest you go ahead and schedule your visit.

Don’t Let Cavities Get You Down

Preventing tooth decay or treating a cavity with urgency will yield the best results for your oral health! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.