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Good oral habits help to prevent cavities and tooth decay. This is why you do not want to falter in your daily oral habits–brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist for regular dental cleanings and exams. Your dentist can also detect problems while they are still small and easily treated. Today we would like to look at what happens if tooth decay is allowed to spread.

#1 – Dental Filling: Dental fillings are the first option when saving a tooth from decay. At Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, our dentists, Dr. Ami Desai and Dr. Wayne Trowell will remove any decay and place a dental filling material to prevent further decay.

#2 – Dental Crown: Sometimes a cavity is just too large to support a dental filling, If this is the case, or the damage to the tooth is too extensive, we may elect to place a dental crown over the tooth. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap which replaces the outer shell of the tooth. We will remove the decay and customize a dental crown cemented over your tooth.

#3 – Root Canal: Sometimes decay spreads to the inside of the tooth–the pulp, nerve, and roots. If this has happened, we will need to remove the decayed areas of the tooth, including the pulp and roots. After thoroughly cleaning this area, we will fill the hole with a rubber-like material (gutta percha) and cover your tooth with a dental crown.

#4 – Tooth Extraction: If a tooth has sustained severe damage, and the other options are unsuitable, we may end up extracting the tooth. Our dentists seek to save teeth whenever possible, but if the decay is too extensive, we may extract it and suggest a dental bridge restoration.

If you have a cavity, please don’t delay treatment. If you would like to have your tooth examined in Suwanee, Georgia, please call our Family Dentistry and Orthodontics team at 770-232-2783. Dr. Ami Desai and Dr. Wayne Trowell look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!