Top Treatments for Cavities

One of the most common dental problems that people face is tooth decay, and yet there are many different misconceptions about what tooth decay is and what causes it to happen. The team at our Denver cosmetic dentistry center would like to take a moment right now to look at the basics of tooth decay and what treatments there are to address these problems.

What are cavities/what is tooth decay?

It might be a good idea to look at cavities themselves before we discuss the treatment options. Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth. This bacteria feeds on food particles on or between the teeth, creating a harmful, acidic substance known as dental plaque. This plaque is what eats away at the enamel and dentin layers of the teeth. This loss of tooth structure is a cavity/tooth decay. When performing routine check-ups, a cosmetic dentist in Denver will work diligently to identify these problems with tooth structure.

Preventative Care is Ideal for Fighting Tooth Decay

The best way to deal with cavities is to avoid getting them. This means brushing at least twice a day (ideally after every meal), flossing every night, and visiting your dentist for regular visits twice a year.

Dental Fillings for Cavities

If you do develop a cavity, the most common treatment for general dental care needs is a dental filling. These dental restorations are great for restoring small amount of damaged tooth structure.

Whereas they were made of metal in the past, today many dental professionals use tooth-colored dental fillings instead. These composite fillings are better for the aesthetics of smiles and for a patient’s dental health in the long run since they a) contain no harmful substances, b) will not warp due to temperature fluctuations, and c) require less removal of healthy tooth structure to place.

Inlays and Onlays for Tooth Decay

When patients have substantial cavities or more extensive tooth decay, regular dental fillings will not be enough. That’s where inlays and onlays come into play. Similar to dental fillings, inlays and onlays are larger and are able to restore substantial amounts of tooth structure, including the cusps (biting surfaces).

Dental Crowns for Tooth Decay

For major tooth decay, Denver dental crowns are an ideal option. Dental crowns are caps that fit right over severely decayed teeth. Dental crowns serve a number of functions. For one, they will protect a tooth from further damage and decay. In addition, they will restore bite strength. Lastly, they are able to reduce any pain or sensitivity that patients experience as a result of advanced tooth decay.

Ways to Deal with Advanced Tooth Decay

There are many other restorative dentistry options that can be used to address cavities and tooth decay. For cavities that occur under the gumline, for example, special crown lengthening procedures can be performed. We will be more than happy to discuss the other types of dental procedures for dealing with advanced tooth decay in more detail during your visit.

Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatments

For more information about your many different options for effective dental care, be sure to contact a Denver cosmetic and restorative dentist today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible decisions about the health and appearance of your smile.