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Addressing Tooth Decay and Cavities with Restorative Treatments

Addressing Tooth Decay and Cavities with Restorative Treatments

Tooth decay and cavities are common dental issues that are experienced by many people at some point in life. Even with a careful oral hygiene routine, there is still a chance for decay and cavities to develop. Without professional treatment, these issues can often lead to more extensive problems or even tooth loss. So, what can be done to address cavities and decay? Here’s a guide to some of the most popular restorative treatments.


Often the easiest way to treat a cavity in a tooth is to have it professionally cleaned and filled by your dentist. There are various filling materials available, and your dentist will choose the best one for your particular circumstances. To carry out a filling, your dentist will numb the area before cleaning out the decayed tooth material. The area is then filled, usually with either a composite resin or amalgam. Your dentist will shape the material so it fits the shape of your tooth and gives you a natural-feeling bite.

Root Canal Fillings

If a tooth has decay that has reached the inner parts of its structure, root canal treatment may be required. This treatment is similar to a filling, however the decay may be more widespread and reach the center of the tooth and into the roots. A dentist will numb the area before cleaning out the decay from the root canals. The cavity is then filled with a suitable material. Root canal treatment is typically not painful, however, it does take longer to complete than a standard filling.


For a tooth that is badly damaged by decay, a crown may be one of the only options to save it. Often used in conjunction with a root canal filling, a crown sits over the damaged parts of a tooth, rather like a cap, to restore its structure. While crowns are long-term solutions that last many years, they may need replacing at some point in the future.

Inlays and Onlays

These are thin pieces of material that can be fixed to the surface of damaged teeth to improve their structure and provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Inlays are fitted inside a cavity, whereas an onlay is used to repair the tips of teeth, known as cusps. Inlays and onlays can be made from a range of materials, including tooth-colored resin, gold, or porcelain.

Seeking Advice on Cavities and Decay

If you are experiencing cavities or decay of teeth, it is essential that you seek treatment promptly. Without treatment, the issues are likely to become worse. Make an appointment with your dentist at the earliest opportunity, and they will be able to advise you on the best treatments for your needs.

Your dentist will also be able to give you advice on preventing further decay, such as showing you techniques for effective brushing and flossing. They may also recommend protecting coatings for teeth that are susceptible to decay.

For more advice on cavity treatment and prevention, our Wedgewood Dental team is here to help. Get in touch with your dentist in Rolla today.


713 Salem Avenue Suite A, Rolla MO 65401

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1116 S. Main Street, Salem MO 65560

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