How to treat tooth decay
Tooth decay can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the severity of the decay. Some common treatments include:
- Dental filling: A small amount of decay can be removed and the area filled with a dental filling.
- Root canal: If the decay has reached the pulp (the innermost part of the tooth), a root canal may be necessary to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth.
- Crown: If the tooth is too damaged for a filling or root canal, a crown (a cap that covers the entire tooth) may be placed.
- Extraction: If the tooth is too damaged to be saved, it may need to be extracted.
It's important to visit your dentist regularly to prevent tooth decay and treat it early if it does occur.
It's also important to take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding excessive sugar and acid.
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