Tooth Decay: How Long Can I Wait?

Your first question when you receive the news that you have a cavity may be: How long can I wait until I schedule my dental filling? Or, your first reaction when you realize you have a toothache might be: I wonder how long I can put off scheduling a dental visit. Our Southlake, TX team understands, of course, that you have a busy life and that you might not feel extremely excited about having to receive restorative care. However, we offer some reminders in regard to why the answer is always going to be, “As soon as possible!”

You Cannot Diagnose Issues From Home

Remember that you cannot tell from home whether you have a cavity. You cannot determine the severity or extent of existing tooth decay either. So, with that said, what you really need to do when you think you have decay or when you already know that you do is see us immediately! A dental checkup will provide you with a clear explanation of what’s going on, as we explain what we have detected with our own eyes, as well as with the help of digital imaging! Don’t wait!

Any Cavity Warrants Immediate Care

As for how long you can wait on receiving the restorative treatment you need when you have a cavity, we remind you that from our perspective, you need care immediately. Patients often think of a cavity as just a hole, when it is in fact the result of an oral illness called tooth decay that will cause more and more destruction. We can stop it with a filling (or through other means, depending on your needs). Otherwise, it can destroy your tooth and more quickly than you realize! Infection caused by decay can also damage nearby tissues.

Ignoring A Toothache Or Cavity Can Become Serious

Maybe you have a toothache and you have no idea what it is. You know that it could be a cavity. However, you don’t want to think about it. So, instead of coming in for a dental visit as we suggest or receiving the care you need, you want to sweep it under the rug. Again, we remind you, completely ignoring the problem can lead to severe consequences! So, if pain shows up, come in. We offer gentle dental care that you will be happy you sought out!

Treat Cavities Immediately With Our Team

Take cavities serious when they affect you, even if the act of scheduling a visit or a dental filling requires some shifting of your schedule! Addressing decay immediately will save you time, money, and more in the long run! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.