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Why Should I Get A Filling If My Tooth Doesn't Hurt?

Posted Sep 20 2007 1:32pm
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The answers given by Dr.A are intended as non-professional advice, for entertainment only if you will. Please do consult with your dentist of record or your physician before making any decision regarding your dental or medical health.



Q. Why Should I Get A Filling If My Tooth Doesn't Hurt?

A. I am assuming that your dentist has found a relatively small cavity in your tooth.

If you are feeling pain due to a cavity then the infection in your tooth has already broke through the enamel (the outer hard layer of your tooth) and made its way into the softer more sensitive layer, the dentin.

The dentinal layer has a larger amount of nerve and vascular tissue than does enamel. Basically, your tooth could have a long standing cavity in your enamel layer, but you might not know about it due to the relative lack of nerve tissue.

Why would you wait until the infection has made its way into the deeper layers of your teeth before doing something about it? That is the point of visiting your dentist on a regular basis; to find problems when they are still small.

At least you're not in pain. I treat many patients who put up with a "little" toothache for months before succumbing to it. If you wait too long, and "deal" with the pain of an infection that has made its way into the dentinal layer, then the next layer is the nerve, and at that point a root canal is indicated. Save your self some pain, and money, and get those non-painful small cavities filled.



The answers given by Dr.A are intended as non-professional advice, for entertainment only if you will. Please do consult with your dentist of record or your physician before making any decision regarding your dental or medical health.




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