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Cavities Treatments

Treatment

Sometimes tooth decay that is stopped before it reaches the dentin (second layer of the tooth) will repair itself.

Treatment for more severe decay includes:

Fillings

When decay reaches the dentin, your dentist will treat it by:

  • Numbing the tooth and surrounding tissue area
  • Removing the decay with instruments
  • Filling the hole with a dental filling; the filling can be silver or tooth colored

Root Canal

Tooth decay that reaches the pulp and/or root of the tooth is treated with a root canal :

  • The tooth is numbed and a hole is drilled through the top of the tooth.
  • Pus and dead tissue are removed from the tooth.
  • The inside of the tooth and the root (nerve) canals are cleaned and filled with a permanent filling.
  • The root (nerve) canal is sealed.
  • A crown is placed on the tooth to protect it.

Tooth Extraction (Removal)

Removal of the tooth is required if:

  • Tooth decay and/or tooth infection is too extensive for filling or root canal.
  • A break or crack in the tooth that has allowed for decay is too severe to be repaired.
  • An extensive infection exists between the tooth and gum.

If the tooth is removed, it will be replaced with:

  • A partial bridge
  • A denture
  • A tooth implant

If you are diagnosed with tooth decay, follow your dentist's instructions .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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