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What Are My Tooth Decay Treatment Options?

Are you suffering from tooth decay? At our practice, Colin Morton, DDS offers numerous options to treat this common dental concern and restore both form and function to affected teeth. Depending on the severity of decay present, one or more of the following treatments may be an ideal solution:

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings – Made from a composite resin, tooth-colored fillings are designed to “fill-in” cavities and areas of decay while protecting the tooth from future damage. In addition to their more natural appearance, tooth-colored fillings are advantageous over traditional metal fillings in that they are bonded in layers and don’t expand and contract to create room for bacteria to grow underneath. Furthermore, they are free of mercury, which can be harmful to both the body and environment.
  • Tooth-Colored Onlays – When decay on teeth is too significant to repair with fillings, tooth-colored onlays can often be a good option. Made to appear completely natural, tooth-colored onlays are custom-designed and bonded to cover at least one cusp (the elevated parts on the top of posterior teeth and canines), providing excellent support and restoration to the treated tooth.
  • Porcelain Crowns – Porcelain crowns are often the best choice when decay is severe enough that much of the natural tooth structure needs to be removed, or if a root canal is performed. They are customized to fit overtop—or “cap”—damaged teeth, and the incredibly durable porcelain material can be colored to match the exact shade of surrounding teeth for exceptional functional and aesthetic results.
  • Tooth Extraction – In the event teeth are decayed beyond the point of saving, tooth extraction is generally necessary. Following their removal, teeth can be replaced with options such as dental bridges or dental implants—the latter of which is considered the premier tooth replacement solution available today. 

For additional information on any of these tooth decay treatments, or if you wish to schedule an appointment with Dr. Morton to discover which option is right for your unique needs and smile goals, please feel free to contact our practice today. We are happy to help!

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