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Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC

Should You Whiten Teeth That May Have Cavities?



Posted on 4/10/2020 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Should You Whiten Teeth That May Have Cavities? Many people want to achieve a bright white look for their teeth. Whether to boost self-confidence, get ready for an event or just want to keep up on appearance, whitening your teeth is a fast, easy process. However, a lot of people tend to blow over cavities and are wondering if they can delay treatment in favor of making their teeth appear healthy on the surface; the short answer is this is not a good idea.

The Consequences Of Not Treating Cavities

Cavities are a problem that gets worse the more they are left untreated. Leaving a cavity alone allows it to get bigger over time and a result, more symptoms rear their head such as tooth pain and sensitivity. If left too long, a cavity will lead to tooth decay and nerve damage in which at that point will require a root canal. Cavities are not just a hole in your tooth that you can hide and that is the end of it; they have an effect on your well-being.

Treating a Cavity

Cavity treatment is a common procedure that isn't too extreme as long as the treatment gets done as soon as possible. Tooth fillings are the most common of the procedures. This involves drilling the tooth (don't worry, we numb your teeth) to get rid of any decayed material. From there a filling is added. In more extreme circumstances of a cavity leading to tooth decay, a crown can be used. This involves removing the decayed material and fitting a cap over the tooth. It is highly advised to get cavities treated as early as you can so that the problem can be fixed before they get more out of hand. The overall health of your teeth is more important than keeping up with appearances! If you think you might have a cavity, do not hesitate to give us a call and book an appointment.


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