How We Can Repair Your Tooth After Decay

Cavities are a fairly common problem for patients, but that does not mean that they should be ignored. If you are experiencing decay, your dentist may recommend a restoration such as a filling or root canal to repair the tooth. Without this, decay can continue to progress and cause more severe problems for your oral health. Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, offer these treatments to keep your teeth safe and intact.

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Composite Resin Fillings Look Natural

You should visit your dentist every six months for a checkup. During this visit, they will examine your smile for signs of problems such as decay, gum disease, and more. If decay is noticed, they will recommend that a restoration is done as soon as possible to treat it. Moderate cavities can be repaired with a filling. This will involve removing the decayed part, cleaning the space, and then adding a strong material to the space that is leftover.

There are several materials that can be used for this restoration, but our team uses biocompatible composite resin. The resin will blend in with your smile, can last for many years, and does not require as much of your natural structure to be removed before bonding.

Root Canal Treatment Can Restore A Severe Cavity

We fill the space caused by a cavity to restrengthen the tooth and protect it from bacteria entering the area. If decay is left untreated, it can continue to deteriorate past the enamel and into the dentin and other layers. When the cavity reaches the pulp, it can cause sensitivity and discomfort. At this stage, your dentist may recommend that a root canal treatment is done to relieve the discomfort and save your tooth.

During the root canal treatment, your dentist will remove the damaged pulp. This is the inner layer of the tooth which contains blood vessels and nerves. It is removed so that the harmful bacteria does not continue damaging the entire layer. Then the area is filled with a stronger material and a crown may be placed for further protection.

Extraction May Be A Last Resort

In severe cases, your dentist may recommend removing the damaged tooth all together. This is usually the last option to save your smile. Extraction may be necessary if the dental structure is damaged beyond repair or will put your other teeth at risk of harm. After being sedated, the tooth will gently be removed, and the area will be closed up. Prosthetic options can be discussed after the area has healed.

Schedule Your Restoration Today

These repairs can protect your pearly whites after decay has occurred. schedule an appointment with Dr. Browne by calling our office in Prairie Village, KS, at 913-901-8585.