We get it. No one likes to come in and get a filling. There’s just something about the sound of the drill that unnerves a lot of people. Even though it doesn’t hurt, it isn’t the most enjoyable way to spend an hour or so. That’s why many people want to know; can you reverse a cavity and avoid that whole drill/filling/numb business altogether?
First, How do Cavities Form?
Typically, cavities form as a result of sugar and bacteria in the mouth that are not removed properly through brushing and flossing. Over time, they form a layer called plaque, which can really only be removed by a dentist. It’s not uncommon to have plaque on the teeth; that’s why we encourage checkups every six months. It allows us to remove the plaque for you before it turns into a bigger issue… like a cavity.
Can You Reverse a Cavity?
It’s probably no surprise that the answer to this question is a little complicated. Yes, your body has the ability to reverse tooth decay which can lead to cavities. However, if tooth decay is left untreated, it will turn into a cavity. Once this happens, you definitely need to see a dentist. Your body simply isn’t able to undo or reverse a cavity on its own.
Still, being able to reverse tooth decay is pretty impressive… and helpful! Your body attacks tooth decay every single minute of every single day using saliva. Your saliva breaks down decay and repairs broken down minerals. Fluoride also helps with this process. However, they need a little help. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist are crucial.
Can Teeth Heal Themselves?
Just because your body can’t reverse a cavity doesn’t mean it isn’t super impressive. After all, your body has the amazing power to heal cuts and scrapes. Can our teeth also heal themselves if they get damaged?
Again, the answer is yes and no. It turns out, the only part of the tooth that contains cells are the roots. There are actually no cells in the crown of the tooth. This means cracks, chips, other damage to the crown of the tooth cannot be reversed; your dentist will need to take care of these issues for you! However, a minor issue in the root of your tooth could actually heal itself, probably before you ever notice something is amiss!
Sugar Fix Dental Loft wants to be your Lakeview dentist! If you are in need of teeth whitening, Invisalign, implants, same day bridges,or just a routine checkup, we’re here for you! Give us a call at (773) 883-1818 or set up your appointment online by clicking here!