The frustrating truth is that once a cavity forms, your tooth will experience permanent damage. This is why prevention is such an important aspect of oral health – there is no way to reverse the harm done once decay makes restorative dental work necessary. With that said, you can limit the harm done by acting quickly to have a potential problem treated. You can also be relieved to know that with the right restoration, your tooth can stay safe, and even have its appearance preserved! Our Riverside, CA dentist’s office watches for signs of decay at every routine dental exam. We also encourage patients to maintain habits that help them avoid future problems with cavities and other oral health concerns, so they have an easier time protecting their teeth on their own.

A Filling Or Crown Will Protect Your Tooth After Cavity Treatment

Depending on the size of your cavity at the time of your treatment, you will need a dental filling or a dental crown. The filling is the more conservative appliance, and it leaves more of your healthy tooth structure untouched in the course of your care. A full dental crown must be placed completely over the tooth, capping it to keep it safe. It is sometimes possible to use an inlay or an onlay for support. These appliances can cover more than a small filling, but demand less work than a full crown.

Will A Cavity Treatment Change My Appearance?

Modern dental restorations can provide support for a tooth without changing the way it looks. A composite filling can imitate healthy enamel so that it does not draw unwanted attention. While several materials can be used to create a dental crown, there are material types available for restorations that will be placed in a visible area.

What Happens If I Put Off Treatment For A Cavity?

If you delay a cavity treatment, you run the risk of letting your tooth become infected! This can happen when bacteria are able to enter the pulp, the central portion of the tooth where living tissues are contained. An infected tooth can be painful, and it can cause issues with sensitivity, discoloration, and swelling. It is possible to treat this problem with a root canal procedure, but the damage can make extraction necessary if you want for treatment too long!

Your Riverside, CA Dentist Can Restore Your Tooth If You Have A Cavity

Our Riverside, CA dentist’s office is prepared to help patients whenever they need treatment for decay. After removing damaged tissues from the tooth, we can provide a permanent restoration that can restore your appearance and dental function. For more details about our restorative services, or to reach another of our locations closer to you, call us at the below:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.