Posted .

Maintaining diligent daily oral health habits will serve to support your efforts in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Essentials such as brushing and flossing, combined with routine professional dental cleanings and checkups will help you win the battle against tooth decay.

But let’s say you do have a cavity, what then? Let’s look at some of your treatment options:

— The first option on the road to repairing tooth decay is placing a dental filling in the cavity after removing all decay. This works for mild to moderate levels of decay.

— If decay has spread to a large area, leaving a large cavity in its wake, or has extensive damage to the tooth, a dental filling won’t be enough. In this case, our dentists may repair the damage with a dental crown after removing all decaying material. This tooth-shaped cap replaces the outer shell of the tooth and is cemented over the tooth.

— If decay is left untreated and reaches the inside of the tooth, it can adversely affect the pulp, nerves, and roots. If this happens, you will need a root canal, which involves the removal of decay, cleaning the area, and depositing a rubber-like material in the space covered by a dental crown.

— Unfortunately, if a tooth has extensive damage and cannot support a restoration, it may require extraction and a dental bridge.

As you can see, when tooth decay is detected and treated promptly, the treatment is simple and least invasive. Don’t wait to repair a cavity in your smile if you suspect you are affected with decay. Please give our team in San Diego, California, a call at 858-530-0300. Dr. Tony Hatch, Dr. Shivi Gupta, and Heather Russell are ready to help you with all of your smile care needs!