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Harbor Point Family Dentistry
Dr. Cory McMahan

I have a cavity that doesn’t hurt. Do I still need a filling?

Yes, you still need a tooth filling even if your tooth doesn't hurt. The cavity may not hurt now, but the thing about tooth decay is that it doesn't go away on its own. You can go for a while without feeling any pain, but while you’re waiting, the decay is spreading and damaging more of your tooth.

Putting off needed dental treatment is never a good idea, and the time to fill a cavity is when you know you have one. A small cavity is typically an easy fix, and our dentist can treat it and have you in and out of the dental chair relatively quickly.

If you postpone treatment, you risk the situation worsening, and if the decay advances and reaches the tooth’s nerve, you will likely experience severe pain. Also, the longer you postpone treatment, the more complex and expensive the solution becomes. For example, instead of a filling, our dentist may need to place a dental crown or even perform a root canal to save the tooth.

The reality is that even if you can ride out the pain for a few days, the problem will still worsen. If you wait too long, we may no longer have the option of saving the tooth, and, worst-case scenario, we may need to remove it.

Prompt Dental Treatment Can Save Your Tooth

No matter what dental problem you have, prompt treatment is always better than waiting—better for your oral health, your overall health, and your budget. Ideally, you would visit us every six months for dental exams and teeth cleanings. Then our dentist could discover issues like cavities and treat them in their earliest stages, helping you avoid the need for complex treatment.

We offer emergency dentistry at our Mooresville dental office, so please call us if you’re experiencing a toothache. Our dental team will schedule you to see our dentist promptly and relieve your pain.

We are pleased to treat friends and neighbors in Lake Norman, Mooresville, Cornelius, Davidson, and all surrounding communities.

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