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Has tooth decay attacked one or more of your teeth? If so, then it’s time for treatment. Cavities are not fun; they can provide pain and discomfort for many days until you get them taken care of. When you go into Monon Family Dental to receive treatment, the following procedures might be necessary:

-Dental filling: A dental filling is the most common treatment for tooth decay. This treatment involves Dr. Zachary Allmand removing the decayed section of the tooth with a drill or dental laser and then filling the hole with a filling. The filling used will depend on the tooth’s visibility and function in the mouth. Your filling options usually include amalgam, composite resin, and inlays or onlays.

-Pulp capping: Pulp capping is a rare treatment that is necessary when the decay has spread to the pulp and nerve of the tooth but has only infected them slightly. This is the best treatment when there’s still a possibility of naturally repairing the nerve. The treatment involves your dentist covering the pulp and nerve and then filling the hole with a dental filling.

-Root canal: A root canal is needed when the pulp and nerve of the tooth are so severely infected that they need to be removed. Your dentist or endodontist will remove these sections of the tooth, fill the root will a special substance so your tooth is not hollow, and then place a dental crown on top of the tooth.

Now, if your cavity isn’t treated in a timely manner, there is a chance the decay can completely destroy your tooth, which will usually result in tooth extraction. This is the worst thing that could happen, so please visit our office at the first sign of a dental cavity. For more information and details about the treatments for tooth decay in Indianapolis, Indiana, please call our office today at 317-810-9285. We’re happy to help you!