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3 Possible Treatment Options for Restoring a Bad Tooth

Female Patient Receiving Dental Treatment

Do you have a “bad tooth”? Our Alexandria, VA dentist might recommend one of these options to help repair it.

1. A Filling

Both silver and natural-colored fillings are often used when a small to moderate portion of the tooth needs to be repaired. During the treatment, the damaged section of the tooth will be removed, then the underlying surface is cleaned and prepped. Then the filling material will be placed into the void to fill it back in. Fillings are relatively inexpensive and being proactive about treatment will prevent you from needing more invasive and expensive procedures later on.

2. A Crown

A dental crown is a cap or cover that fits over a tooth. Crowns are recommended when more than 50% of your tooth is broken or decayed. During this process we’ll thin down your natural tooth, making room for the crown to fit over it so that the restoration lines up properly with your natural teeth.

3. Root Canal Therapy

Root canals are a necessary procedure if you want to properly restore a tooth that’s infected. During this treatment, the dying or infected nerve tissue will be removed.  Typically after a root canal is completed, the tooth will need a crown. 

It’s important to note that not all “bad teeth” can be restored.  If the damage is severe, then your tooth may not be able to be saved and the best solution could be an extraction.

Your Restorative Dentist in Alexandria

If you have a bad tooth or toothache, call our Alexandrian dentist before it gets worse or is too damaged to repair. Call today to schedule!

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Mojgan Mazhari