Treating Advanced Dental Decay

The severity of a cavity will change how your dentist has to treat you. When decay is addressed in time, your tooth can be fully restored after a dental filling is placed. However, a more severe cavity can call for root canal therapy and a crown, which means your care will be more involved. At our Katy, TX dentist’s office, we can help you understand what needs to happen in order to fully restore your tooth and oral health. Even a severe cavity can be treated without changing your smile, as we can provide a dental crown that imitates your healthy enamel.

How Serious Is Your Cavity?

Cavities continue to grow after they form. Eventually, the damage exposes you to an infection that can cause pain and sensitivity issues while creating a risk for more health issues. At an appointment, we can evaluate you to determine how serious your cavity has grown. From there, we can let you know how the problem can be treated. Once an infection forms, root canal therapy will need to take place to stop bacteria and damaged tissues from spreading within your pulp.

Undergoing Treatment To Address An Infection

During root canal therapy, your dentist will carefully access a tooth’s central chamber – the location of its living tissues – to deal with bacteria and damage. Until this procedure is performed, an infection can cause you to experience a persistent, uncomfortable pain. After taking care of your pulp, we can seal it to protect your tooth against another infection, then start plans to restore your smile with a custom dental crown. A custom crown covers a tooth above your gum line.

What If I Need To Treat Several Cavities?

If several cavities are present when we evaluate you, we can discuss a full mouth reconstruction plan that addresses all of the issues that you face. In addition to resolving problems with cavities, we can fit plans to treat you for problems like TMJ disorder, which can negatively affect your bite function and cause you to have more issues with pain and sensitivity.

Talk To Your Katy, TX Dentist About Treatment For Advanced Decay

Advanced tooth decay is something that you can avoid with consistent oral hygiene habits and regular checkups. Unfortunately, severe cavities can still affect many people. Lathrop Dental Center is prepared to act in these situations. We can evaluate you, recommend the appropriate treatment, and move forward with care to fully restore your oral health! If you come in to discuss a full mouth reconstruction plan, you can receive cavity treatments in addition to work that restores your bite function and overall oral health. For more information, please call our dentist’s office in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849!