When It Comes to Tooth Decay There Are Several Options for Treatment

Published on August 17, 2017

Maintaining excellent oral health habits support your efforts to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from gaining a foothold in your smile. Your diligent daily oral hygiene routine–brushing and flossing, combined with regular dental cleanings and exams help you win the fight against tooth decay. But what if you have a cavity, what are your options for treatment? Let’s have a look!

The simplest treatment for mild to moderate tooth decay is placing a dental filling in the cavity after removing any decay. However, when the decay leaves a large cavity or has extensive damage to the tooth, a dental filling may not be an option. If this is the case, our dentist at the practice of Walter E. Davis, DDS, may repair the damage with a dental crown after removing all decayed material. A dental crown is simply a tooth-shaped “cap’ that replaces the outer shell of the tooth and is cemented over the tooth for a durable fix.

Should the decay go untreated long enough, allowing it to reach inside of the tooth, affecting the pulp, nerves, and roots, you will need a root canal to remedy this issue. In this case, all decay is removed and the area cleaned. Then, a rubber-like material will be placed into the hole left behind and topped with a dental crown. But if a tooth has been extensively damaged and unable to support a crown, the tooth will need extracting and Dr. Walter Davis may place a dental bridge.

When treated early, tooth decay is easiest and least invasive to repair. The longer you wait, the more invasive your treatment may be. If you have a tooth which you suspect might have a cavity, please don’t hesitate to give our team in Muskogee, Oklahoma, a call at 918.682.1961. We are ready to help you with all of your smile care needs!