For a smaller cavity, you can typically have a tooth treated with a filling. However, not every problem with your teeth is caught quickly. For problems that have escalated, more advanced restorative dental care can be required. If you have a cavity that has become painful, you can receive treatment that saves and protects the tooth before it is lost to decay. Your dentist can also help you recover your smile by replacing lost teeth.
Treating A Serious Cavity
For a cavity that has worked its way to the pulp of your tooth – where its nerves and blood vessels are stored – you will need a root canal. The root canal enables your dentist to access the interior of your tooth, and remove infected tissue. Once a root canal is performed, your tooth will need extra support. A dental crown can cover it to the gum line, while taking on the necessary functions it once performed.
Restoring A Smile With Missing Teeth
If you have suffered tooth loss, your dentist can offer replacement teeth that fit your functional and cosmetic needs. A dental bridge can be placed in your mouth by having it locked in place between adjacent dental crowns on either side of the prosthetic. You can also receive a dental implant. The implant is placed in the empty tooth socket, and fuses with your jawbone to provide a stable hold for the dummy tooth. Both options leave you with a securely held tooth that can withstand the pressures of biting and chewing, while looking like a natural tooth.