Tooth decay is a common dental problem, and there are many ways that a dentist can treat these issues. When patients meet with Dr. Toni Sartini at her office in Palmyra, they will undergo advanced, custom restorative dentistry treatment focused on total wellness.
Given the prevalence of tooth decay, we’d like to go over the basics of treating the issue and how it can help you have the healthiest smile possible.
Dental Fillings for Basic Cavities
When you have minor tooth decay or a small cavity, the best option to consider for treatment is a dental filling. Fillings are perfect for restoring a small amount of damaged tooth structure, helping your teeth look great and be healthy again.
As with all of the other restorations we will mention, fillings come in tooth-colored or metal forms. In general, the tooth-colored fillings are more ideal for the more prominent teeth in your smile. Tooth-colored fillings tend to be more ideal for the molars and teeth in the back of the smile.
Inlays and Onlays for More Serious Tooth Decay
Inlays and onlays are like larger versions of fillings. Inlays and onlays are able to restore larger amounts of damaged tooth structure, including the cusps (biting surfaces) of a tooth. In essence, an inlay or onlay is ideal when a regular dental filling will not be sufficient for proper dental restoration.
Dental Crowns for Major Tooth Decay
When a tooth has been severely damaged or decayed, a great option to consider is a dental crown. Dental crowns are used to cap a tooth that has been seriously decayed or injured in some fashion. It’s the last restoration that may be used to save a tooth.
With a dental crown in place, pain and discomfort associated with a tooth will be remedied, and a patient will be able to bite and chew normally again.
Root Canal Therapy If Tooth Decay Causes Infection
If a tooth is serious decayed, there is the chance that the internal pulp of the tooth will become infected. When this happens it can be quite painful, with the infection spreading to other parts of the mouth.
In order to treat the infection, a root canal is necessary. Root canal therapy will involve the removal of the infected dental pulp from the tooth and the filling of the pulp chamber with an inert and sturdy material.
Tooth Extraction When a Tooth Cannot Be Restored
When a tooth is toot severely decayed to be restored, the best option for treatment is a tooth extraction. The extraction will prevent infection and alleviate pain associated with severe tooth decay or injury. There are many different treatments for replacing a missing tooth that can be discussed in more detail during your visit.
Tips for Cavity Prevention
When it comes to preventing cavities, your best options are these basics of good oral hygiene:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day
Floss your teeth at least once a night
Avoid sugary snacks and beverages
Drink water regularly to stay hydrated
Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Learn More About Treating Cavities
For more information about treating cavities and and preventing tooth decay, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Toni Sartini will help you have the healthiest smile possible.