Unfortunately, there are times when even an effective and diligent oral hygiene routine still isn’t enough to prevent tooth decay. Most tooth decay issues are diagnosed during your regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Bennett Packard.
If you notice a change in your tooth’s texture, you should have it examined as soon as possible. Even a small area of tooth decay can develop into a significantly serious problem. Small, or even mid-sized cavities, pose crucial health issues that can cause severe tooth decay if you don’t care of them as soon as possible.
Dr. Bennett Packard will start your treatment by examining the tooth and taking a few X-rays to assess the extent of decay. If the decay has penetrated the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth, they might recommend alternative treatment options to prevent future complications.
Next, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. A powered instrument will be used to remove the decayed part of the tooth. He will then inspect the area to make sure it is smooth and free of decay. And finally, Dr. Bennett Packard will recommend a filling material based on the tooth’s location and appearance in your smile.
If you suspect you have developed a cavity in Yakima, Washington, you need to call Creekside Dental as soon as possible at 509.577.8277 to schedule an appointment.