Top Treatments for Cavities
Cavities are an all-too-common condition among dental patients of all ages, and they are caused by oral bacteria and acid, which eat away at your dental enamel. If cavities are left untreated, this process will continue, eventually affecting the entire tooth structure, as well as your nearby teeth and gum tissue.
At our North Dallas practice, we offer a wide variety of restorative dentistry treatments for cavities. Dr. Khodabakhsh will determine the right treatment for your needs, depending on the size and severity of your decay. To learn more about our treatment options and to find out which one may be right for you, contact Elegant Smiles Dentistry today.
In the earliest stages of decay, bacteria and acid may not have penetrated beyond your dental enamel. In these cases, simple fluoride treatments may be enough to restore the health of your tooth. Found in many foods and most city water supplies, fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that promotes remineralization to strengthen your dental enamel. By applying a fluoride gel or varnish to your compromised tooth, Dr. Khodabakhsh may be able to prevent further erosion and eliminate the need for more extensive treatment.
If the decay has progressed and has affected part of the inside of your tooth, you may need a filling, the most common treatment for cavities. At Elegant Smiles Dentistry, we only use tooth-colored composite resin fillings, and we will select the shade of composite that most closely matches the natural color of your teeth. Unlike metal fillings, these restorations will not show through your teeth over time, meaning you can continue to enjoy a white, natural smile for years to come.
Inlays and Onlays
If your cavity has affected the top chewing surface of your molar, but the decay has not spread to the interior portion of your tooth, an inlay or onlay may be the best treatment option. These custom-created porcelain restorations rest on the very top of your teeth, reinforcing the structure and restoring your dental functionality. Inlays rest in between the cusps, while onlays sit on top of the cusps and extend down the sides of your tooth.
If decay has affected the entire structure of your tooth, a crown may be the only way to save the healthy portion. After reshaping your tooth and removing any diseased portions, Dr. Khodabakhsh will take impressions of your tooth. Then, highly skilled lab technicians will custom-create a crown that matches the shade and shape of your teeth. When the crown is finished, the dentist will attach it with dental cement, immediately strengthening your tooth and restoring its full function.
In some cases, bacteria may spread throughout your tooth, eventually making their way to your root canals. Infected dental roots can cause immense discomfort, and they can threaten your comprehensive oral health. During root canal therapy, Dr. Khodabakhsh will create an access channel in your tooth. Then he will carefully reshape and clean your root canals, as well as the inner chamber of your tooth. After removing all bacteria and debris, he will fill your root canals and tooth with soft gutta-percha Finally, he will finish the treatment by placing a dental crown.
If a cavity has completely destroyed the structure of your tooth, extraction may be the only effective treatment. Rest assured that Dr. Khodabakhsh will do everything in his power to save your tooth, and he only recommends extraction as the final option. If you do require tooth removal, we offer bridges and implants, which can restore your smile and dental function. Dr. Khodabakhsh will help you choose the right restorative dentistry treatment for your needs.
Learn How We Can Treat Your Cavity
If you are suffering from a cavity, it is important to seek treatment right away. Contact Elegant Smiles Dentistry to schedule your appointment with Dr. Khodabakhsh.