Without a restorative dental procedure, a cavity will continue to erode your tooth structure. That damage leads to problems with infection, which can lead to both the loss of your tooth and the potential spread of harmful bacteria to other parts of your body. With treatment, the cavity can be stopped and carefully removed before your tooth is restored. If you need to arrange cavity treatment, should you worry that treatment will change your smile? At our West Allis, WI dentist’s office, patients can have restorative work that preserves the appearance of healthy teeth. Materials can be used to create dental fillings and dental crowns that imitate your enamel, which means they will not stand out in your smile. For back teeth that require more functional support and are not visible, we can recommend sturdier materials to give these teeth more support.

A Cavity Will Require The Placement Of A Permanent Restoration

It will be necessary to restore your tooth with a filling or crown when you have problems with tooth decay. Through preventive dental appointments, we are able to keep you informed about the state of your teeth, and we can identify signs of decay that might require treatment before you realize something is wrong. Even when a cavity is found in its early stage, the damage to your tooth is permanent. While dental fillings and dental crowns have to be placed on a permanent basis, we can take care to perform work that does not change your smile. Both of these restorations can be made from materials that closely imitate healthy tooth enamel.

Choosing The Right Material For Your Filling Or Crown

The size of your cavity will determine whether you need a dental filling or dental crown, and the location of decay can determine what material type is used to restore your tooth. For teeth that are easier to see whenever you speak, laugh, or smile, we can recommend composite resin fillings; for larger cavities on these teeth, we can provide porcelain or zirconia crowns. We can recommend metal materials for these restorations if you need to restore a molar or premolar. These teeth are difficult to see, and they can endure more pressure in the course of routine biting and chewing, making added protection valuable.

Dealing With An Advanced Cavity

If an infection affects one of your front teeth, we can provide care in the form of a root canal procedure. Root canals address internal tooth problems that develop due to advanced decay, or because of physical harm. Without treatment, infected teeth can eventually be lost, which means prosthetic dental work will be necessary to make your smile complete again.

Your West Allis, WI Dentist Can Restore Your Smile And Oral Health

At our West Allis, WI dentist’s office, patients who are affected by dental decay can discuss quality, lasting care at our practice. To find out more about how we can help you restore your smile, please call Stubbs Family Dentistry at 414-541-8250.