Sometimes even with the best oral hygiene, your teeth can suffer decay. Thankfully, there are several cosmetically-pleasing and effective treatments for tooth decay that restore the health and appearance of your teeth and smile. Some of the most popular treatments for tooth decay are fillings, porcelain veneers, and crowns. The best treatment for tooth decay depends on the severity of the tooth decay and the reasons for seeking treatment.
Tooth-colored options for cavity and cosmetic dental treatments
If you have a cavity, decay or want to replace older, unattractive metal fillings, several tooth-colored options are popular for their effectiveness, safety and results.
One of the top cosmetically pleasing treatments for tooth decay, tooth colored fillings consists of porcelain or composite resin. The dentist customizes the fillings to match the natural shade of your tooth, so the fillings are nearly invisible. If you have older, metal fillings that you don’t like, your dentist can replace them with tooth-colored fillings to restore the pleasing appearance of your teeth.
Dentists can treat tooth decay and damage in molars with inlays and onlays. Inlays treat minor to moderate decay in the teeth cusps, while onlays treat damage that is more extensive. Onlays are also called partial crowns as they restore portions of teeth that have damage that’s not quite severe enough for a full dental crown.
For front facing teeth with mild decay, porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment. Custom-made to your teeth, these thin, tooth-shaped shells go over dental decay that your dentist has already filled with a composite resin material.
Treatments for teeth with more extensive damage
When dental decay has caused such extensive damage to the tooth that it’s in danger of breaking or needing extraction, your dentist has treatment options that can help save the tooth or replace it.
Tooth-shaped caps that fit over a damaged tooth, porcelain crowns have a customized fit that works perfectly in your mouth and blends in with your natural teeth. Crowns restore teeth with large fillings and protect them from further damage and breaking. Dental crowns can even help save severely damaged or decayed teeth, so your dentist doesn’t need to extract them.
When the decay and damage to the tooth are too severe for a dental crown, extraction may be necessary. With dental implants, your dentist can replace one or multiple teeth with surgically implanted titanium posts topped with dental crowns, dentures, or bridges.
The large selection of popular and effective treatments for tooth decay means that you don’t have to suffer from pain, discomfort or unattractive silver fillings any longer. Treating tooth decay and cavities benefits for oral health and overall health while restoring your confidence in your smile. Contact Creative Dental today about improving and protecting your amazing, healthy smile.