Restore Oral Health with Tooth Decay Treatments

June 11, 2015 — by Stephen Lipman
Tags: General Dentistry Tooth Decay Restorative Dentistry

An older man and woman with healthy looking teeth, smilingTooth decay can cause serious dental damage, including cavities, root canal infections, and tooth loss. There are a variety of restorative dentistry treatments to repair the damage caused by tooth decay. To restore your oral health with tooth decay treatment, schedule a consultation with Windsor dentist Stephen Lipman to discuss your personalized treatment plan. In the meantime, read on to learn more about the leading tooth decay treatments.

Treatments for Mild to Moderate Tooth Decay

Mild to moderate tooth decay may be treated with one or more of the following restorative treatments.

  • Tooth-colored dental fillings: Tooth-colored fillings offer a cosmetically appealing solution to treating tooth decay. Made of composite resin, tooth-colored fillings are custom-made to seamlessly blend with the surrounding teeth. Even old metal fillings can be replaced with new tooth-colored fillings to restore the smile's appearance.
  • Inlays: Inlays are another tooth-colored treatment option for tooth decay. Inlays are used to treat tooth decay isolated within the cusps of the molars. Inlays are made of porcelain to match the shade of the surrounding tooth.
  • Onlays: Onlays are similar to inlays, however, they are used to treat more extensive decay. Onlays can be used when decay extends to the cusps. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns because they are used to treat moderate dental damage and cases in which the damage is not severe enough for a full crown.
  • Porcelain veneers: After mild decay has been treated on the front facing teeth, porcelain veneers can be used to mask flaws and enhance dental appearance. Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped restorations that fit over the front surface of the teeth, masking flaws and restoring the tooth's appearance.

Treatments for Severe Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is painful and damaging to oral health. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to severe dental problems, including tooth loss. Severe tooth decay can be treated with the following options:

  • Porcelain crowns: Porcelain crowns are beneficial for restoring the appearance and strength of severely damaged teeth. Porcelain crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit completely over damaged teeth. Porcelain crowns can be used to repair the structure of severely damaged teeth for improved oral health and dental function. Porcelain crowns can also be fitted over teeth weakened by large fillings to prevent further damage and breakage.
  • Root canal therapy: If you have developed an infection in the root canals of the teeth, we will clean out the canals and fill them with a rubber compound. Then, we will top the tooth with a dental crown to maintain its strength and appearance.
  • Dental implants: If tooth decay leads to tooth loss or tooth extraction, missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Dental implants are surgically placed titanium posts, which can be paired with dental crowns for individual tooth replacement or implant-supported bridges or dentures for multiple tooth replacement.

Seek Treatment and Restore Your Smile

Tooth decay makes eating painful and can cause bad breath that won't go away, impacting your quality of life. Don't let tooth decay make your life miserable. Seek treatment today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Lipman. We look forward to hearing from you.