If you have tooth decay, you’re probably wondering, “How do you treat a cavity?” Addressing the issue as soon as possible protects your smile from complications, such as an infection or even tooth loss. There are a number of possible treatments for cavities, including dental fillings or even a dental crown. Which one is the best choice?

Frequently Asked Questions About Treating A Cavity

Question: What causes a cavity?

Answer: Underneath your protective outer layer of tooth enamel is the dentin. A cavity begins when bacteria reaches this sensitive layer. Bacteria can bypass the enamel as a result of poor oral hygiene weakening the enamel or if the tooth becomes cracked or chipped. Assessing the cause of the cavity is essential for properly treating it.

Question: How do I know if I need treatment?

Answer: Often the earliest indicators of tooth decay are sensitive teeth or a persistent toothache. However, if you see the dentist regularly for checkups the doctor can use digital x-rays and other technology to identify the presence of decay before discomfort even begins. However, if you notice sudden pain in your teeth see the dentist right away.

Question: What does a dental filling involve?

Answer: A filling involves the use of metal-free composite resin to fill the decayed portion, restoring the tooth. The entire procedure can be completed in a single visit and is the most common means of treating tooth decay.

Question: Will I need a crown?

Answer: If the decay or damage to your tooth is more severe, then a filling may not be enough. However, we can also place a crown, which covers the visible portion of the tooth, to return the tooth to optimal function and appearance.


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