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Tooth decay is one of the most serious and dangerous dental issues. If you don’t get it taken care of quickly, there is a chance it could completely destroy your tooth, resulting in tooth extraction. So, it’s important to get it treated as soon as possible. The treatments available include:

-Dental filling: A dental filling is a common dental treatment that is needed when tooth decay has attacked the tooth. Typically, Dr. Damon P. Swenson will remove the decayed portion of the tooth with a dental tool and then will fill the hole of the tooth with a dental filling. The filling can be amalgam, composite resin, or an inlay or onlay. The type of filling used will depend on the tooth’s appearance and function in your smile.

-Pulp capping: Pulp capping is a rare treatment that is used when the decay has penetrated into the interior structures of the tooth and has slightly infected the pulp and nerve. This treatment is needed when there is a chance the pulp and nerve can still survive. During this procedure, your dentist will remove the decay, cover the pulp and nerve to protect them, and then fill the tooth with a dental filling.

-Root canal: A root canal is necessary when the decay has engulfed so much of your tooth that the nerve and pulp are both severely infected and they cannot be repaired. The treatment will involve your dentist removing the decay along with your nerve and pulp. Then, he will fill the tooth with a special material and then will top the tooth with a dental crown.

These treatments can restore your tooth and improve your oral health. For more information and details about cavity treatments in Orem, Utah, please remember that you can always call 801-224-7337 and talk to our CrossPointe Dental dental team. We look forward to hearing from you!