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Cavities are painful and dangerous, which is why our East Indianapolis Dental Associates team encourages you to get them treated as soon as possible. If you don’t, there is a chance the decay could engulf your tooth and completely destroy it, resulting in tooth extraction. So, it’s best to get it treated as soon as you notice the cavity. Some treatments for tooth decay include:

-Dental filling: A dental filling is the most common treatment for tooth decay. This treatment involves Dr. James McAllister 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 three treatments can help you eliminate the decay and restore your tooth. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about the treatments for tooth decay in Indianapolis, Indiana, please call our office today at 317-357-8548. We’re happy to help you!