Tooth Decay: Symptoms and Treatment Options
How your dentists in Findlay, Ohio can heal your painful tooth.
Tooth decay can be sneaky. It can often be painful, but sometimes you won’t notice any pain at all until the decay is deep and severe. If you are suffering from tooth decay, you’ll be glad to know you have many treatment options to consider. Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, Ohio offer several effective treatments for tooth decay.
These are a few of the non-painful signs you may notice when you have tooth decay:
- A dark or light area on a tooth that you can’t remove with brushing
- A brown or black stain on a tooth that you can’t remove with brushing
- An open hole, called a cavity, or a dark crevice or crack
Tooth decay can also cause mild to severe pain, depending on how deep and severe the tooth decay is. You may notice:
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink sweet foods or beverages
- Chronic, aching pain that doesn’t go away
There are a few treatment options your dentist might recommend, including:
A filling, which is an excellent conservative treatment for decay that has only penetrated the top two layers of tooth structure, the enamel and dentin.
A dental crown, which is a very protective option if you have lost a significant amount of tooth structure. Dental crowns cover the entire visible surface of your tooth above the gumline. They are available in full porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
If you have tooth decay that has penetrated into the third layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, you can benefit from root canal therapy. Your dentist will remove the inflamed, infected tissue from inside your tooth and place an inert material inside your tooth. The inflammation goes away, your pain is gone, and you get to keep your tooth and your smile. A dental crown is often recommended on a tooth that has had a root canal.
To find out more about tooth decay and your treatment options, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, Ohio today.