When your teeth are healthy, the need for dental treatment is usually reserved to scheduling routine checkup and cleaning appointments. However, when one or more of your teeth face a specific concern, such as tooth decay or damage to your tooth structure, then undergoing restorative treatment as soon as possible may be necessary to save it. At our Southlake, TX, dental office, we can customized a wide range of restorative dental treatments to address your tooth’s specific concern and save it from needing more extensive treatment later.
1. Filling a cavity
A cavity is the result of tooth decay. The cavity, or depression in your tooth, forms and grows larger as decay erodes your healthy tooth structure, and the only way to stop it is to have your dentist treat it professionally. In many cases, that means removing the infection (harmful bacteria and infected tooth structure) from within the cavity, then filling it with a strong, biocompatible material. For instance, at our office, we utilize tooth-colored composite resin that blends in naturally with your tooth’s appearance and offers quality protection for your healthy tooth structure.
2. Treating an infected root canal
When tooth decay is in its severe stages, it affects more than just the main part of your tooth structure. Known as internal decay, severe tooth infection can reach your tooth’s inner chamber, or pulp, and the root canal that connects to it. If the nerves and tissues in these chambers become infected, the pain in your tooth will become significantly more intense and a tooth filling may not be enough to address it. However, with root canal treatment, we can successfully remove the infection from your tooth’s pulp and root canal, then seal and fortify the tooth with durable, biocompatible dental material.
3. Capping a weak or damaged tooth
After a tooth is treated for an infected root canal, or if the tooth is fractured or broken in a certain area, its structural integrity will no longer be what it once was. If left alone, the tooth will be more likely to chip, crack, or break further under the pressure of your bite, leading to a host of other dental health concerns that will have to be corrected. The best way to avoid this is to cap the tooth with a custom-designed, lifelike dental crown, which can completely cover the tooth’s visible crown and protect it from further damage.
Learn how we can restore and save your tooth
With the right custom-designed restorative treatment, we can save your tooth and smile from a wide range of concerns. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities.