According to the US Department of Health, a whopping 91% of adults have cavities. This statistic shows that many people put off dental appointments for various reasons. Are you aware of the dangers of untreated cavities? Arm yourself with this knowledge to fight cavities with help from your Waunakee, WI dentists Dr. Matthew Karls and Stanley Karls at Karls Family Dentistry.
The Dangers of Cavities
The pain of a toothache is not the only complication of a cavity. An abscess, which causes a large, pus-filled sac in the gum tissue, can quickly lead to infection. Decay weakens teeth, causing them to crack and break. This, in turn, causes bite alignment problems and issues eating and chewing. Severe pain caused by a cavity has the potential to hinder your everyday life, keeping you home from school or work. If eating is heavily affected due to broken teeth or pain, nutritional problems take place. Many patients also complain of self-esteem issues and loss of confidence.
Who is at risk for cavities?
Though some people are more at risk for cavities than others, a huge factor in oral health is simply brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily. Along with your daily routine, a biannual dental screening and cleaning can prevent cavities from forming in the first place. Certain sugary food and drinks contribute to cavity formation. Age, general wear and tear and eating disorders also put a person at risk for cavities.
How are cavities treated?
Treating cavities in their early stages is a fairly quick and easy procedure known as a filling. Your Waunakee dentists use a dental drill to remove the decay from the tooth. A composite resin material fills in the tooth and your dentist forms the tooth into the correct shape for your bite. However, if left untreated, cavity treatment becomes much more complex. You feel a toothache once the decay reaches the pulp and nerve of the tooth. If the decay has gotten this far, root canal therapy is normally the preferred treatment. This procedure removes the pulp and nerve of the tooth, cleans out any infection present and restores the tooth’s functionality. A root canal also saves the tooth from extraction. In severe cases, extraction is the only way to treat the cavity.
For more information on cavities, please contact Dr. Stanley Karls, DDS & Dr. Matthew Karls, DDS at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI. Call (608) 849-4100 for more information.