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Tooth decay is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can alter your oral health and severely harm your smile. This is why it’s important to avoid it altogether. You can do so by keeping up on oral hygiene, visiting your dentist, and having a balanced diet.

However, sometimes tooth decay still attacks your smile, so it’s important to get it treated when you see the first symptom. The treatments available for tooth decay include:

-Dental filling: A dental filling is a common dental treatment that is needed when tooth decay has attacked the tooth. Typically, Dr. Param Gill will remove the decayed portion of the tooth with a dental tool and then will fill the hole of the tooth with a dental filling. The filling can be amalgam, composite resin, or an inlay or onlay. The type of filling used will depend on the tooth’s appearance and function in your smile.

-Pulp capping: Pulp capping is a rare treatment that is used when the decay has penetrated into the interior structures of the tooth and has slightly infected the pulp and nerve. This treatment is needed when there is a chance the pulp and nerve can still survive. During this procedure, your dentist will remove the decay, cover the pulp and nerve to protect them, and then fill the tooth with a dental filling.

-Root canal: A root canal is necessary when the decay has engulfed so much of your tooth that the nerve and pulp are both severely infected and they cannot be repaired. The treatment will involve your dentist removing the decay along with your nerve and pulp. Then, he will fill the tooth with a special material and then will top the tooth with a dental crown.

If you don’t get your tooth decay treated immediately, there is a chance the decay could spread throughout the tooth and ruin any chances you have of saving it. So, if you have a toothache or any other sign of tooth decay, please call Pelandale Dental Care at 209.622.1444 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Param Gill, as soon as possible. We’re happy to help you restore your oral health!