3 Common Questions Concerning Cavity Treatment

A consistent daily oral hygiene routine and regular dental exams can keep you safe from cavity problems. Preventing decay benefits you because you avoid permanent damage to your enamel, damage that can actually lead to complications with your oral health! Unfortunately, even people committed to good oral hygiene habits can experience at least one cavity in their lifetime. Sunny Smiles is prepared to help if you need to address tooth decay. The type of care you receive will depend on the severity of your cavity. For some cavities, dental fillings are effective at protecting your tooth after decayed tissues are removed. However, in other cases root canal therapy and a dental crown may be needed.

1. How Long Will It Take To Have A Cavity Fully Treated?

The time needed to restore your tooth will depend on the size of your cavity and its impact on your oral health. We may need to schedule both root canal therapy and the placement of a crown to stop an advanced cavity that has led to an infection. However, if the issue is identified in time, you can have a dental filling placed in as little as one appointment.

2. Will Cavity Treatment Affect The Way I Look?

We offer dental fillings and dental crowns that can imitate your healthy tooth structure. Resin fillings that imitate enamel are also able to bond directly to your tooth structure and provide lasting support. For front teeth, we can provide dental crowns that match their appearance and still provide lasting support for your bite function. Because we can use lifelike restorations during treatment, we can provide you with restorative care that does not alter your smile or change your confidence in the way you look.

3. Do I Need To Schedule A Root Canal To Address My Cavity?

A root canal procedure is only necessary for treatment when your tooth has become infected. An infection occurs when a cavity exposes your pulp, the tooth’s inner structure, to bacteria. If this occurs, harmful microbes can cause pain and issues with sensitivity – eventually, bacteria can actually spread through the roots of your tooth and create more trouble for you. By performing root canal therapy, your dentist will address discomfort, stop your infection’s spread, and ensure that your tooth can stay in place.

Talk To Sunny Smiles To Schedule Your Cavity Treatment!

If you require cavity treatment, Sunny Smiles is ready to help! We provide restorative services that fully resolve problems with decay while preserving your appearance and bite function. Remember that we are also here to help you avoid cavities. By scheduling semiannual dental exams and cleanings, you lower your risk for decay and complications that can lead to painful tooth infections. To find out more about our services, contact our El Paso, TX, dentist’s office on N. Zaragoza Road at 915-849-9000.