Why are there different methods used to fight tooth decay? Your dentist will have to modify their approach to restoring your tooth to fit your particular circumstance. If your cavity is still small, and only affects your enamel, you should only need a dental filling after having the infected area removed. However, a larger cavity will require more involved care. If the decay has allowed bacteria to enter your pulp, your tooth’s overall health can be jeopardized. Your dentist will need to perform a root canal treatment, so that they can enter the interior of your tooth, and remove the infected tissue. Once this has been accomplished, your dentist will use a dental crown to restore your tooth.
A root canal is only needed when a cavity makes its way to your pulp. What happens if you ignore the discomfort and refuse treatment? There will come a time when a cavity has caused irreversible damage, and your only option will be to have the tooth extracted. There is also a real risk that bacteria will travel through your tooth to your jawbone, and continue to cause you problems.
Using laser treatment, your dentist can check the fluorescence of your tooth. If the levels are high, your tooth has suffered a cavity. Laser dentistry allows your dentist to use advanced methods to determine the presence of decay. They can also use technology to take a closer look at your tooth, so hard-to-detect decay can be found and managed.