Things to Know About Treating Cavities

At some point in your life, you may be faced with having to treat a cavity. As a product of tooth decay, which results from harmful oral bacteria, cavities are holes in your teeth that continue to grow larger until your dentist treats them. The good news is that, despite being one of the most common dental conditions, cavities are highly treatable. No matter how minor or severe your cavity is, your dentist can provide the optimal solution to stopping it from growing and replacing the tooth structure you’ve lost.

Fillings Are Usually Enough

Cavities develop and grow progressively, and the longer you have a cavity, the more extensive your treatment will be. Fortunately, most patients seek treatment in time to restore the cavity with a conservative, custom-designed filling. After cleaning away the infected tooth structure and lingering oral bacteria, your dentist can place a biocompatible filling in the cavity to fortify the tooth and stop bacteria from reentering the cavity.

Root Canal Treatment Might Be Necessary

When you hesitate to seek treatment for your cavity, then a filling might not work by the time you visit your dentist. If the decay reaches the internal part of your tooth, known as the pulp, then your dentist will have to perform root canal therapy to treat it. The procedure involves cleaning away the infection and bacteria from within your tooth’s internal chamber, then sealing the pup and root canal so that they remain strong enough to support your healthy tooth structure.

Find Out More About Professional Cavity Treatment

If you have a cavity, then your specific treatment for it will depend on the nature and extent of your condition. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.