If you have to have a cavity removed from your tooth, your dentist will need to address this material loss. Your enamel has a limited ability to recover from harm. Unfortunately, a cavity is too much for that natural recovery to address. To repair your tooth, your dentist can do restorative dental work. The approach taken to restore your tooth after a cavity will depend on the size of your cavity. For smaller cavities, your dentist may determine that your tooth will be sufficiently supported with a dental filling. However, larger cavities could call for a dental crown. It is important to seek help promptly if you think you need to address tooth decay – eventually, a cavity can damage your tooth so severely that a tooth extraction is the only adequate response.
The simple reason a cavity’s size affects the restorative measure selected is that a larger cavity will leave your tooth needing more support than a filling can properly give. When you have experienced more serious tooth decay, you can need the superior protection of a crown. The crown completely envelops the tooth, takes biting and chewing pressures on its behalf, and protects it from harm.
The cosmetic impact of a dental restoration can be minimal, thanks to the advanced materials used by your dentist. Your filling can be constructed with composite resin, a material that can impressively mimic the appearance of your natural tooth. While your back teeth may need the better durability of a metal crown, a tooth in a more visible area can be fitted with a porcelain crown, which can have a natural appearance.