When you develop a cavity, particularly when you can see or feel that cavity, you may decide to take it upon yourself to do something. Now, if you decide to take it upon yourself to contact our practice to schedule a visit and likely a dental filling, then you’re making the right choice! However, if that action you’re choosing includes pretending to be your own dentist or remedy maker for that tooth decay, then you are looking at making matters worse! Consider some things you definitely should not do (and then call us!).
Don’t: Try To Clean Out Your Cavity
Yes, your cavity may look dark. That’s partly due to shadow and partly due to the fact that the tissue is decaying. While you might convince yourself you’d feel better if it looked nice and clean, recognize something: You won’t be able to make this happen. In fact, if you try to clean it out, you may make matters worse, you will likely cause yourself some serious discomfort, and you might even damage your tooth. Call us instead.
Don’t: Use Gum As A Filling
Maybe a friend mentions that she could plug up the decay in her tooth with chewing gum. This make sense, of course. However, it’s a bad idea. In addition to trapping bacteria within the tooth, you may trap the gum. You are also not addressing the problem, which mean the tooth decay will get worse and worse.
Don’t: Use Temporary Fillings For Long
You may use the temporary filling as intended: Temporarily. Don’t use in in place of professional care for tooth decay or you’ll create a mess of complications for that tooth.
Restore Your Decayed Tooth With Professional Care
Come in for a visit, rather than trying to address your cavity on your own, for a safe and effective treatment. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.