It can be disappointing to hear from your dentist that you need a dental filling. That disappointment could lead to some procrastination, which ultimately can lead to worsening problems for your smile. If your dentist recommends that you treat a tooth with a filling, it is best to do it sooner than later. Specifically when it comes to this time of year in Lafayette, LA, it is better to get a filling done as soon as it is recommended. Winter time is filled with holidays that you want to enjoy without a toothache. It is also the end of year, which is a great time to check in on your dental insurance benefits that may not roll into 2019.
To Protect Your Smile
Typically when you get a minor cut or scratch on your skin, it will heal up on its own. Your bones and skin can repair themselves (often with aid of some kind) and regenerate. The enamel of your teeth cannot regenerate. If a cavity is formed by tooth decay, a hole is formed in your tooth. That hole becomes susceptible to harmful bacteria that can enter the tooth to cause inflammation and infection. A filling is a treatment that can disinfect the tooth and restore the enamel with a composite resin material. This not only stops bacteria from causing potential tooth-threatening situations, but it also restores your ability to bite and chew properly.
Fillings Before Winter
When a filling is an appropriate treatment, tooth decay is at a stage that you may not even notice. A cavity is often not painful at all. However, if a cavity is left untreated and bacteria is allowed to cause problems, there can be pain. Nobody wants to deal with a toothache on Thanksgiving or any other holiday, right? Winter is also prime cold and flu season, both of which can cause sinus inflammation. Inflammation of the sinuses can put pressure on a toothache to exacerbate the pain.
If you need a filling, get it as soon as you can
Once a filling is recommended, it is best not to wait to get it. To schedule a consultation, call the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities