• May 1, 2018

You’ve done it now.

You’ve got a cavity, which means you are in a select group, a group that includes more than 90 percent of all people.

In other words, you are normal. Most people will have a few cavities during their lives. It’s not something you want to happen (like stubbing your toe), but it happens to the best of us.

However, your response to having tooth decay can make a huge difference in how it’s treated and how it affects your oral health. Dr. Angela Wojtkowicz-Harrell and our team at Brandon Family Dental is here to keep your smile as healthy as it can be.

No matter how much your teeth have been affected by decay, we can fix it at our Ortonville, MI dentist office.

Call (248) 469-0218 to make an appointment or to learn how we could help you.


It Starts Small

Like we noted above, no one wants a cavity, but it happens. When you notice your tooth is more sensitive to hot and cold or that it appears to have a dark spot, you should contact us to make an appointment.

When you decay is small, it can be treated quickly and easily with a dental filling.

We know that dental anxiety can be an obstacle for many patients, especially fear that a dental procedure could be painful. This is why we offer sedation dentistry at our practice.

For most patients, oral sedation or laughing gas is more than enough to keep them calm, comfortable, relaxed, and (most importantly) pain-free during their dental visits.

And since we use tooth-colored fillings, no one will need to know that you ever had tooth decay. When our fillings are finished, they blend in as if they were always part of your natural tooth.


When You Need More Than a Filling

People don’t always seek treatment for their cavities as soon as they should.

Sometimes, this is because they let their dental anxiety prevent them from getting help. Sometimes, it’s because they didn’t notice their cavity until it got larger. And sometimes, it’s because they hoped the decay would go away. (Hint: it won’t.)

Regardless of the reason for their delay in seeking treatment, these situations often require more than a filling to fix the problem. A dental crown is usually the best option for these patients.

Dental crowns have been around in some form or another for thousands of years. In the past, many crowns were made of metal. That means you could keep eating, but your smile didn’t exactly look natural anymore.

In modern dentistry, we’ve fixed that with newer, stronger ceramics. These allow you to eat the foods that you want to eat and they also look like natural teeth.

This means you can keep smiling, talking, and laughing without worrying that a metal “tooth” could become a distraction for someone else.


Pain, Pain Go Away

Bacteria, which cause tooth decay, will continue eating into your teeth as long as they are allowed to do so. If they get through the hard enamel on the outside of your tooth, they can more quickly eat into and through the softer dentin.

This can allow bacteria to attack the pulp, the soft tissue at the center of your tooth. If bacteria gets this far, you may notice toothaches and pains when you bite or chew with that tooth. You also may become much more aware that your tooth is more sensitive to sweet, hot, or cold foods and drinks.

When your pulp is infected, it can become inflamed, which can put pressure on the nerves inside your tooth as well.

If you haven’t called Dr. Harrell for help by this point, we certainly hope you will now. You need a root canal, and it may be the only thing that could save your tooth.

We know that root canal treatments don’t have the best reputation, but we can perform this procedure as painlessly as we do dental fillings. Our sedation options can keep you from feeling any pain while we remove the infection and repair your tooth.


Act Soon to Save Your Smile

If you ever have a cavity, we hope you will seek treatment as soon as possible at Brandon Family Dental. By acting early, your treatment will be easier, more effective, and less expensive, too.

Of course, the best thing you can do is preventing these problems with good oral hygiene at home and routine dental cleanings with us. To set up your next appointment, call (248) 469-0218 or contact us online.