Can A Decayed Tooth Be Saved?
When the bacteria in your mouth combine with sugary foods, acids are formed that eat away at the tooth enamel. If this process is not addressed, the decay spreads to the dentin, which is the layer beneath the enamel, eventually reaching the pulp, the nerve center of the tooth causing inflammation, an abscess, and other oral issues.
At Bay Dental Studio, we offer several solutions to rehabilitate a decayed tooth.
Dental fillings are a common treatment for tooth decay in the early stages. This simple procedure fills the cavity created by the tooth decay. At Bay Dental Studio, we use tooth-coloured composite resin fillings to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Inlays and Onlays
If you have experienced extensive tooth decay, we may recommend an inlay or an onlay, also known as partial crowns or indirect fillings, because they are fabricated outside the mouth.
Your inlay is handcrafted and bonded to the prepped tooth to restore the chewing surface between the cusps. An onlay covers more chewing surface, including one or more of the cusps.
These restorations are typically made from tooth-coloured porcelain or composite resin.
Dental crowns are a versatile restoration that cap the entire tooth to restore the strength, integrity, appearance, and function. It matches the size and shape of your original tooth and is typically made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal for a realistic appearance but can be made from other materials.
We may recommend a root canal treatment if the tooth decay has reached the pulp. This procedure involves removing the pulp and sterilising and sealing the root canals. Most patients also require a dental crown to fully restore the tooth.
Tooth decay is unavoidable even with a great at-home oral hygiene routine, but with dental checkups every six months, we can identify and address decay in the early stages. To book your appointment, call us on (02) 9158 6723.