Often times, only severe symptoms of a cavity compel patients to seek dental care, and at that point invasive dental treatment may be required to restore the tooth. Ideally, you should receive treatment right away so that you can benefit from more conservative dental care such as dental fillings. If you have advanced tooth decay, our dentist may recommend one of the following options for restorative dentistry:
– Dental crowns: When dental fillings are not enough to treat a large cavity, these dental restorations can cover the remaining tooth structure to keep the tooth protected and in one piece.
– Root canal treatment: As tooth decay advances, the bacteria spreads until it reaches the pulp chamber inside a tooth. Here it can weaken the tooth nerve and blood vessels, creating persistent and sharp dental pain and putting you at risk of an abscess. When the inner structure of a tooth is compromised, root canal treatment is typically the only option before tooth extraction.
– Tooth extraction: We only recommend the removal of a tooth when it is too badly decayed to receive restorative dentistry. Our dentist will help you determine if tooth extraction is the right step to protect your remaining teeth.
Please don’t hesitate to give Meadowbrook Family Dentistry a call at 770-622-5909 today and arrange to speak with our dentist, Dr. Ambreen Lakhani, if you are struggling with advanced tooth decay in Duluth, Georgia.