Were you diagnosed with dental decay and wondering about solutions? There are a few treatment options available to treat tooth decay. According to American Dental Association, more than one-fifth of Americans have untreated cavities. Untreated cavities can lead to extreme pain, tooth loss and infection. It is important to visit a dentist like Dr. Morrow at Mt. Tabor Dental for examinations and treatment options.There are few treatment options depend on the severity of the cavity.
Common Treatment Options
A dentist will fill the cavity with filling. Filling is a substance that fills and prevents bacteria from entering the tooth. An infected tooth will fall out and wear out slowly. But dental filling will prevent bacteria from infecting inside of the tooth.
A dentist will start the treatment by numbing the treatment area. Then, using instruments like laser, drill, or air abrasion to remove decayed part of the tooth. When the cavity opened up, the dentist must check the tooth to make sure the entire decayed area of the tooth has been removed and the cavity must be cleaned to create space for the filling. The dentist must polish and match the original tooth shape, this will ensure the patient has natural and comfortable mouth closure.
Tooth can become broken from cavity, when this happen the tooth can be repaired by a crown to attempt to restore the tooth at the gum line. It can also be added after root canal to prevent the tooth from breaking. Dental crown will maximizing the chances that the patient will keep his or her teeth by holding a fragile tooth together. It can also be used to restore a broken tooth. The crown will cover the filling and support the tooth when the tooth has received large filling. The crown looks like an actual tooth and it can preserve your beautiful smile.
Root canal is a process to remove the infected pulp of the tooth.Infected pulp is usually a result of the cavity and it can causes severe pain.The tooth is usually sealed with a crown. The process of root canal will also remove tooth nerve. Removing tooth nerve will not have negative impact on the tooth since its only function is to provide the tooth with the sensation of cold and heat. The infected tooth nerve will allow bacteria to easily multiple within the pulp and lead to an abscessed tooth, which will cause severe pain, bad breath and swollen neck glands.
Root canal is usually performed by a dentist or endodontist. An endodontist is specialized in treating infected pulp to save your teeth. An endodontist or dentist will first look at an X-Ray to determine is there an infection around the bone and determine the shape of the root canal. A dentist or endodontist will use pain killer to numb the area when a nerve is there. Area surround the tooth will keep dry using a sheet of rubber. The endodontist or dentist will drills a hole in the tooth to gain access and remove the pulp before cleans the area using root canal flies.
Cavity is not going away on its own; it is important to get it treat as early as possible to prevent it from getting worse. Contact us at Mt. Tabor Dental for cavities treatment options.