Find out how your dentist can restore cavityriddled teeth.
You may feel defeated when your regular dental checkup reveals a cavity, but this is a common problem that befalls many of us at some point in our lives. The most important step you can take is to have the cavity removed before it causes serious trouble for your smile. Depending on how severe the decay is, your dentist will most likely recommend either dental fillings or dental crowns to mend your tooth.
If a cavity is left untreated, it can cause more than just a toothache, with issues up to and including eventual bone loss. A dental filling, however, is a painless way to prevent further damage and to restore your smile. A dental filling is usually made from a toothcolored composite resin or metal amalgam material, which fills the space left behind by the cavity once it is removed to restore it.
Getting a dental filling typically requires a local anesthesia to numb the area. We will then use a drill to remove the decayed parts of the tooth. Once the cavity is removed, we will begin to fill the open space with the filling. After the filling is placed, we will clean and polish it.
If your tooth has suffered extensive damage due to decay, then filling it might not be enough. In this case, a dental crown will be custommade to fit over the entire tooth to protect it from further damage. A dental crown is a toothshaped cap that is cemented over your natural tooth.This procedure is also performed under local anesthesia, and after removing the decayed portions of the tooth, we will affix the crown to it.
Cavities can happen to anyone. The best way to find out whether you are dealing with cavities is to come in for routine dental examinations. You should be visiting your dentist every six months for preventive care.
The sooner we can treat your cavity, the better. If you suspect a growing cavity in your tooth, contact your dentist for an appointment today!