Treating tooth decay is something that most patients have done or will have to do at some point in their lives. However, everyone’s smile is unique, and so are their treatment options, which are designed specifically to address every individual’s specific concerns. Because tooth decay (which causes cavities) is progressive, your dentist offers several restorative options designed to address various stages of decay. If you experience a cavity, then visit your dentist as soon as possible to increase your chances of treating it with the most conservative option.
Custom Dental Filling
An infection in your tooth structure is called decay because harmful oral bacteria erode the healthy tooth structure as the condition progresses. This leaves a hole, or cavity, in your tooth that grows larger until treated. In most mild to moderate cases, a cavity can be treated with a custom tooth filling, which restores the cavity and the tooth’s strength while protecting it from further infection.
Root Canal Treatment
The main portion of your tooth, underneath the outer layer of enamel, is made up of dentin. The strong, bone-like substance surrounds the tooth’s pulp chamber, where the nerves and blood vessels reside. When tooth decay surpasses a tooth’s dentin and reaches the pulp, the infected tissues can cause severe levels of discomfort. To address internal tooth infection, your dentist may need to perform root canal treatment, which involves removing the tissues so your dentist can sanitize and restore the tooth from the inside out.
Treat Your Cavity Early for Best Results
The specifics of your cavity treatment will depend on the extent of your cavity, and addressing the issue early is your best chance at saving your tooth. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Criss, call Hillsview Dental in Rapid City, SD, today at 605-342-6652. We look forward to hearing from you!