If you catch tooth decay in the early stages, it’s important to take action right away. Minimal tooth decay can often be repaired. Delaying treatment may cause extensive decay that will need to be removed.
At Markham Eglinton Dental Centre, we’ll recommend treatment based on how severely your teeth have been damaged by the decay. Our dentists will always discuss your options with you before proceeding with treatment.
If plaque has dissolved the enamel of your tooth -- making a tiny cavity -- the solution is often as easy as a filling. Dentists at Markham Eglinton Dental Centre can remove the decayed portion of your tooth, and fill the space with metal or porcelain.
If a tooth already contains several fillings -- or has a large amount of decay -- we could suggest a crown. This encircles (or “caps”) your tooth, protecting it and keeping it strong. Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain fused to metal, or pure white porcelain (to resemble a natural tooth).
You may require a root canal if tooth decay progresses and damages the nerve of your tooth. Dentists at Markham Eglinton Dental Centre can remove the damaged nerve and fill the space with new material -- allowing you to keep your natural tooth. Since the tooth no longer has a nerve to provide its blood supply, we may place a crown over your tooth to prevent it from chipping or cracking easily.
If your tooth is badly decayed, we could recommend removing the infected tooth and giving you a bridge. We’ll reduce the size of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, so the bridge can use these teeth as supports for an artificial tooth in the middle.
A badly-decayed tooth often needs to be removed, and a good solution is putting a dental implant in its place. A titanium implant is placed in the bone, and a new crown is placed on the implant. Dental implants do not affect adjacent teeth, and are considered to be the closest solution to having a strong, healthy natural tooth. They allow you to smile, speak and eat with comfort and confidence.
Call or email Markham Eglinton Dental Centre today to learn more about our general restoration services.
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Q: Does my dental insurance cover all of my options -- a filling, a crown, a root canal, a bridge, or a dental implant?