What happens when you don’t get a filling?

You and your kids might have just came back from your dentist and got told they need a filling.

But what happens if you don’t go ahead with a filling?

Teeth are very unique structures within our bodies. It contains a nerve inside it. The tooth itself is also directly surround by your jaw bone at the roots.

When you don’t have a filling placed, the decay usually gets worse. Getting deeper and deeper inside the tooth, to the point where it exposes the nerve and infects it.

A filling is used to stop this from happening and therefore seals the cavity off.

Without a filling, you and your child can endure a toothache because the nerve is exposed.

If left long enough, the nerve itself can be deeply infected, creating an abscess at the roots and within the jawbone itself.

This is why we usually recommend early intervention when cavities appear to avoid this.

Are you needing a filling soon? What are you concerned about? Comment below 👇

Dr Kevin Ho
Dr Kevin Ho
Dr Kevin Ho is a Australian and Canadian Board Certified Dentist, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia

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