When tooth pain steams from tooth decay, then resulting in a cavity, the common course of treatment is to clean and remove decay and restore the tooth with a filling.


Composite resin fillings: these are tooth-colored fillings that can be color matched to your teeth by the dentist. Composite fillings are made with a mixture of quartz or glass, which creates a strong, solid, aesthetically pleasing filling. Composite resins are mercury-free and work well on any tooth, front or back, and work exceptionally well for small to mid-size fillings.

If a cavity is very deep, or it has affected and infected the soft tissue inside your teeth, root canal therapy may need to be done.   Sometimes when a tooth has a big filling, or is cracked or broken, filling it may not be the best option. Crowning (sometimes called capping) the tooth may be the better route to go. Although a bit more expensive it may be the better option for the overall life of the tooth and the health of the rest of your mouth.   If a tooth becomes so severely damaged that a filling or crown cannot restore the tooth and a tooth extraction is necessary, a dental implant may be the next best option. A dental implant can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, and it helps maintain or restore the supporting bone structure.

If you have any questions about how Dr Winfield and the dental team at River Dental can help you with this procedure, please call the office at 360-566-1400 or write to us at riverdental@gmail.com.