Dental cavities are one of the easiest dental problems to treat as long as there is no infection to remove. But it's important that you treat them as soon as possible before they progress. Otherwise, you'll need a more advanced dental technique, which takes longer, to repair the damage. If you repair a cavity early, you can get your treatment completed in just one quick dental visit.
If you have a cavity and you are short on time, one of the following treatments offers you a quick and satisfactory tooth repair option.
1. Tooth Filling
If your cavity is of the simple variety in that there isn't too much visible damage, you can opt for a simple tooth filling. To fill a tooth, your dentist will remove the decay with a dental drill and then fill the damaged area in with amalgam or composite resin. If your cavity is small, the treatment might take as little as 20 minutes to complete. The worse the cavity is, the longer the treatment takes.
2. Composite Bonding
Composite bonding is similar to a dental filling, but this treatment is usually necessary when a tooth is so badly decayed that it affects your smile. This is a good treatment for teeth in the front of the mouth, which are visible when you smile.
The composite resin starts as a mouldable resin that is the same colour as your teeth. Once the dentist has added it to your tooth and moulded it into the desired shape, they use a special light to harden it. This process takes about an hour to complete and can fully restore a badly decayed tooth in the smile zone. But you'll need to be careful not to stain or break the bonded tooth.
3. Onlay or Inlay
This process is necessary when teeth are very badly decayed. Both onlays and inlays can be made from gold or porcelain. An onlay sits over the damaged portion of a tooth, and an inlay inserts into a tooth. Because inlays and onlays have to be designed in a laboratory, you'll need two dental visits to complete this treatment. But your onlay or inlay should be ready within about seven days.
Until your onlay or inlay is ready, you'll need to wear a temporary one to protect the exposed part of your tooth.
If you have discovered that you have a dental cavity, don't worry. You can get your cavity treated quickly and efficiently at a dental clinic with one of the aforementioned treatments.