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Early Tooth Decay: Keep Your Smile Healthy for the Holidays

Catching Tooth Decay Early

Maintaining effective oral hygiene habits will enhance your and Dr. David B. Fisher’s efforts to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Essential components of oral care include brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings and checkups to ward off tooth decay. However, if you do notice signs of a dental cavity, we encourage you to seek treatment early to prevent the problem from growing bigger. Our dentist and team would be happy to present you with some of your treatment options to help you act quickly against tooth decay:

  • Dental fillings are the first option to repair tooth decay for mild to moderate cavities. Our dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and replace it with a dental filling.
  • Dental crowns may be optimal if the tooth decay has spread and left a large cavity or extensive damage that a dental filling can’t repair. In this case, our dentist needs to remove all decayed material and place the tooth-shaped cap over the outer shell of the tooth, cementing it in place.
  • Root canal treatment can save a tooth if untreated decay has reached the inside of the tooth and infected the pulp, nerves, and roots. Our skilled dentist will remove the tooth decay, clean the area, and fill the space with a rubber-like material before covering it with a dental crown.
  • Dental bridges can fill the space left by extracted teeth. Tooth extraction may be needed if a tooth’s damage is too extensive to support a restoration.

When Dr. David B. Fisher and our team can detect and treat tooth decay promptly, we can provide treatment that is simple and minimally invasive. We encourage you to not wait to repair a cavity if you suspect your smile has tooth decay. Please contact David B. Fisher D.D.S. Bellaire Dental at (713) 667-8080 today to learn more about your options for treating a cavity in Bellaire, Texas.

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