This time of year most people will indulge in a few more treats than usual. It’s natural to want to snack and enjoy good food along with the good company you’ll be keeping all through the holiday season. But, if all the cookies and cocoa end up taking a toll on your teeth, you may end up starting the new year with a cavity. The good news is you don’t have to settle for a damaged smile. Restorative dental treatment can help stop decay and restore your oral health. And, if you seek treatment quickly you might be surprised how quickly and effectively your dentist can help.
When Is a Filling the Answer?
When detected early, and treated promptly, cavities can often be addressed with a simple dental filling. Fillings can be made of metal, but most modern dentists offer tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin, which are not only great for people with metal allergies, but they also bond well with teeth and provide more seamless smile restorations.
After thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing any teeth affected by cavities, the dentist can then apply the resin, which will be hardened using a special light. Once complete, this should provide a beautiful and durable form of protection against further decay as well as infection.
When Do You Need a Dental Crown?
In the case of a severe cavity, including any that have led to infections requiring root canal treatment, a dental crown is likely needed to add further protection. Like a filling, a crown is made to protect an exposed interior of a tooth or a tooth made fragile by either decay or trauma. In the case of a moderate chip or crack, for instance, a crown can be used to help protect it from worsening. This can help prevent the need for a tooth extraction, and, because ceramic dental crowns can be made to closely match your existing teeth, they can also provide a beautiful way to restore your smile!