If you have a cavity, it’s important to get it treated as soon as you notice it. This is recommended because if you don’t treat it soon, the decay could spread and cause complications. If the cavity is still small, Dr. Keven R. Mills can treat it with a dental filling. If it spreads, other treatments might be necessary.
If a filling isn’t a viable treatment option, a dental crown is usually our next option. A dental crown is a strong, natural-looking, tooth-shaped cap that replaces the entire tooth enamel layer. The steps of the treatment involve Dr. Mills removing the enamel layer and the decayed portions of the tooth to create an abutment. Then, he will craft a dental crown that will fit your smile. When the restoration is ready, your dentist will cement it over the abutment.
In some cases, root canal therapy may be needed. This is the best treatment when the decay infects the pulp, nerve, and roots of the tooth. This treatment involves your dentist removing the decayed sections of the tooth (even the internal structures), filling the hole with a special dental material, and covering the tooth with a dental crown.
Extraction is our final option. We want to avoid extracting a tooth as when possible, but sometimes it’s necessary when the decay has a great deal of the tooth. The steps involve your dentist numbing your mouth and removing the tooth.
To learn more about how to treat tooth decay in Granite Bay, California, all you need to do is dial 916-791-7227 and talk to our dental team at Keven R. Mills, DDS. We can also help you schedule an appointment if you have fallen victim to a cavity. We look forward to helping you!