Tooth Decay Treatment
Your treatment will match the extent of the decay. If your dentist catches the problem early – a small area of enamel erosion before it reaches the dentine – a repair treatment may be recommended, which may even be done at home. Mouth rinses, toothpastes, or filling materials that contain fluoride, calcium and phosphates may be your solution. These would be thought of as early decay cavity prevention treatments.
If you've developed a small cavity, it can be repaired with an amalgam filling (made of silver and other metals) or tooth-coloured resin. If the cavity is large and your tooth has lost structure, your dentist may decide that you need a crown. Crowns are more expensive than fillings, but they strengthen your tooth and restore shape and function.
If your tooth is abscessed, your dentist will focus on reducing pain and limiting infection first with some immediate procedures. Then, after the acute infection has subsided, you may be referred to an endodontist to save your tooth with root canal.
Here's more information from MOH on what you can expect. After root canal treatment, teeth can become more brittle and break easily. If you've lost a lot of tooth structure due to decay, your dentist may also recommend a crown for your tooth.
If your tooth cannot be saved with a root canal, your dentist will need to extract it.
Listen to your dentist. Catching and treating decay today will keep you out of the endodontist’s chair tomorrow. Regular dental appointments and good oral hygiene care at home, including brushing and flossing between your teeth, may keep you smiling and cavity-free even longer.