Treating Tooth Decay
By Steven Kail on March 08, 2013
Many of us remember experiencing a dental cavity during childhood, but a dental cavity is an oral health problem that is just as likely to affect us in adulthood. Because of the large number of bacteria in the mouth and the constant exposure to sugar and starches, it can be difficult to avoid dental cavities. While dental cavities are not a big cause for alarm, they should be taken seriously and treated appropriately before they do turn into a more serious condition. At our Jackson cosmetic dentistry practice, Premier Dental, cavities are treated as soon as they are detected. Depending on the extent of decay and the size of the cavity, our dentists may employ any of the following treatments for dental cavities.
When most patients are informed they have a cavity, they expect that it will be treated with a dental filling. When a cavity is detected immediately, this is the most popular treatment option. In its beginning stages, tooth decay forms a small hole in the tooth. Patients who maintain a regular schedule of oral exams with our dentists can have a cavity diagnosed before the damage extends and deteriorates more tooth enamel. In these situations, the tooth can be cleaned out and a traditional dental filling can be placed to replace lost tooth enamel and strengthen the tooth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are a larger type of dental filling. If a cavity has deteriorated more enamel than can be replaced with a traditional dental filling, an inlay or onlay is the next option. These restorations are fabricated using a mold of the affected tooth. An inlay can be made to lie within the cusps of the teeth and an onlay can be made even larger and can restore a tooth with damage to the cusps of the teeth as well.
While it is not commonly associated with a dental cavity, for some of our patients in Jackson, dental crowns will be the best treatment option. This is usually the case if a patient has not recently been to the dentist and the tooth decay is too severe to be treated with fillings, inlays, or onlays. A dental crown is able to save a damaged tooth by filing away the deteriorated enamel and placing a small cap over the entire tooth. This simultaneously restores the structure of the tooth and seals off the tooth to protect it from further decay.
Root canal therapy will only be performed if a dental cavity has resulted in an infection of the pulp of the tooth. If an infection is present, root canal therapy will be necessary to clean the inner tooth and remove all signs of infection. This treatment usually ends with a dental crown being placed over the treated tooth.
Schedule an Appointment
Routine dental care is vital to the health and beauty of your mouth. But even if you have not been to the dentist for several years, it is not too late to restore the health of your teeth. Our dentists at Premier Dental offer treatment for all stages of tooth decay. If you’d like to get back a healthy and beautiful smile, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at your earliest convenience.
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