A lot of people ask – “Do I really need a filling if I have a cavity? My tooth doesn’t hurt and doesn’t bother me at all.”
Well, the short answer is – yes, eventually.
You see, a cavity does not happen spontaneously – it is caused by bacteria eating away at your tooth. As long as the bacteria is there – it will continue to get worse. Over time, if left untreated, the cavity – or hole in your tooth – will get bigger and bigger. Eventually it will probably hurt, and cause the tooth to crack. At that point, a simple filling will not solve the problem, and you will need more extensive, and more expensive, dental treatment to fix the tooth – if the tooth can be fixed at all.
The question “Do I need a filling” should be even easier to answer when you consider bacteria travels and spreads, so there is a large risk of your other teeth also getting cavities. Getting a filling does both – fixes the hole in your tooth, and the dentist removes the bacteria which caused the problem. Relatively, fillings are inexpensive. The smaller the filling, the less expensive. And, unlike years ago, almost all fillings are now white material that makes it hard to even know you had a filling.
In conclusion – “Do I Need a Filling?” has a fairly easy answer. If you need a filling, get it right away before it gets bigger, spreads, or worse. It is far less expensive, and healthier, to fix cavities while they are small. And if you do not fix it with a filling, it will not go away or even just stay as it is.