When you develop a cavity, we usually address the problem with a simple dental filling. However, in some cases your cavity may have reached a more serious stage. How do we treat severe tooth decay? What dangers does an advanced cavity pose for your smile?
Frequently Asked Questions About Treating Severe Tooth Decay
Question: What causes a cavity?
Answer: A cavity forms when the outer layer of enamel becomes compromised, allowing harmful bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin, which are more sensitive. Injury or poor oral hygiene can compromise your enamel, allowing decay to develop in your tooth. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or persistent toothaches, could be a sign that you need treatment.
Question: What happens if the problem isn’t treated?
Answer: Without treatment, the decay will continue to grow worse until eventually, the inner pulp is impacted. Your inner pulp oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth, keeping it alive and healthy.
Question: Do I need a root canal?
Answer: We can often address advanced decay with a root canal, which allows us to remove the decay and the infected tissue from the tooth. We can then clean the interior of the tooth and add a restorative material to the inside. We then top the tooth with a dental crown.
Question: How do you safeguard my tooth against further pain or decay?
Answer: The crown we place over the treated tooth will be custom-made to ensure a natural appearance and to make sure the tooth is properly protected, reducing the risk of further decay or infection forming in the tooth. Treating advanced decay early is crucial for avoiding an infection or abscess, which can increase the possibility of a tooth requiring removal. If you have any questions about treating cavities, or about our restorative solutions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have a Cavity?
We can treat minor or advanced cases of tooth decay using a lifelike and long lasting dental restoration. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.