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Dental cavities are important to address early. This is why regular dental checks are so important. If you can catch it while it’s small, it is so quick and easy to handle. Within a few months, what was small and easy may have developed into a large cavity or possibly even damage to the roots and you may be in pain. This will now likely require a root canal and crown. If not handled at this point, after a few months more you may lose the tooth altogether. The key is to catch cavities early, way before you even know one is there. Getting a small dental filling is easy and quite inexpensive. Getting a root canal and crown well after the fact is quite different.

Don’t take your teeth for granted. Obviously, proper home dental care is important and can make the world of difference. Flossing is vital and brushing is very important. But with today’s food and beverage products often containing a lot of sugar, tooth damage is hard to avoid. So good dental hygiene practices at home and routine check-ups and teeth cleanings can save you from requiring more complicated and expensive procedures.

Why Dental Checkups Are Vital

The reason that dental checkups are so important is that cavities don’t hurt. You actually do not feel anything at all until your cavity is extremely serious. If you have a small cut on your arm – you feel it. But if you have a small cavity in your tooth, you may not. Not until the cavity has cut all the way to the nerve deep inside the tooth do you normally feel any pain. Because the outside of the teeth don’t have nerve endings you may not feel any pain with a smaller cavity. Otherwise, it would hurt when you chew! It is for this reason that going to your dentist every six months and getting a standard dental checkup, with X-rays, is so important.

Dental Cavities: When you suspect you may have one

As soon as you know you have a cavity get an appointment and get it taken care of. Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the more expensive the process is going to be.

Dental Fillings For Cavities

We offer a wide range of dental fillings and we do everything possible to make you as comfortable as possible during the filling. We can do all common varieties of fillings, including color matching to your tooth to make the filling almost invisible.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite or “tooth-colored” fillings. These are cured with a special light and then shaped and polished to match your other healthy teeth. The resulting restoration feels natural in your mouth and is virtually undetectable to the eye. Composite fillings are strong and durable. Because they can be bonded directly to the surface of your teeth, they often leave behind a more healthy tooth structure than silver fillings.

Larry Dougherty, DDS near me

Larry Dougherty, DDS

Larry Dougherty, DDS, is the lead dentist at Rolling Oaks Dental and specializes in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Dougherty earned his Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry for two years.