Regardless of what age you are, young or old, dentists have told you to brush your teeth or you’ll get cavities. Floss your teeth or you’ll get cavities. Well, guess what? You got a cavity anyways. You did your best and somehow there’s still a cavity, or maybe you let your daily brushing and flossing slip for a while. Either way, you’ve got one now. Now what?
There are plenty of ways to repair cavities. Most of the time a simple filling is enough. Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson, your dentist, will clean out the cavity and fill it with a special resin that bonds to your teeth and provides strength. But what if the cavity is bigger?
The next step up from a filling is a partial crown, also called an inlay or an onlay, depending on how it’s installed. If the cavity is too big for a filling but the tooth is still strong, a partial crown can repair the cavity and add strength to the tooth.
If the cavity has decayed the majority of the tooth, a dental crown will be needed. Your dentist will remove most of the enamel from the tooth and have a new crown made at a dental lab. It will replace the enamel of that tooth and provide you with a healthy tooth for years to come.
To learn more about your options, contact Gunnerson Dental in Payson, Utah, today, or call to set up an appointment with your dentist.