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Tooth decay is a dangerous dental issue that can destroy your smile if you don’t get it treated. In fact, if you ignore the cavity, it could spread throughout the tooth and ruin any chances of saving it. So, it’s important to get it treated as soon as you notice any tooth decay signs. The treatments available for a cavity are:

-Dental filling: A dental filling is the most common treatment for tooth decay. This treatment involves Dr. Shahdad Arami 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.

These treatments will help you restore your tooth and eliminate the tooth decay. If you have any questions about tooth decay treatments in Northridge, California, then our Northridge Dental Group team encourages you to call our office at 818-886-6100. The sooner you call our office, the sooner your dentist, Dr. Shahdad Arami, and our dental team will be able to give you the information you’re looking for. We look forward to hearing from you!