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Do you have a cavity? If so, it’s important to get it treated right away. If you don’t, the decay could spread and cause serious complications. Treating it early can mean a simple and easy treatment with a dental filling. There are even fillings that offer natural-looking results. However, if you wait to treat the cavity, other treatments might be needed.

One treatment that might be necessary is a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that replaces the entire enamel shell of the tooth. It is necessary when the cavity is too big for treatment via a dental filling. This treatment involves Dr. John McAllister removing the decayed portion of the tooth as well as most of the outer shell. Then, he will make a custom dental crown just for you. When it’s ready, it will be cemented over the tooth.

Another treatment that might be necessary is root canal therapy. This is needed when the decay affects the internal structures of the tooth, like the pulp and nerve. A root canal will involve your dentist removing the insides as well as the decayed areas of the tooth, filling the hole with a special dental material, and then protecting the tooth with a dental crown.

The last treatment that might be necessary is tooth extraction. This is usually a last resort. We want to avoid extracting a tooth whenever possible. However, sometimes it’s needed when the decay has destroyed too much of the tooth. This treatment involves your dentist numbing your mouth and removing the tooth from your mouth.

As you can see, it’s best to treat your cavity before matters get worse. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to treat a cavity in Hickory, North Carolina, please call McAllister Dentistry at 828-322-6731. Our dental team will be happy to help you!