Various dental procedures may be needed to treat certain conditions.
• For tooth decay and cavities, the primary treatment is removal of the decay by drilling. The removed area is then restored with a strong material, known as a filling.
• For irreversible pulpitis, your dentist may perform a root canal, where the infected pulp of the tooth is removed.
• For an abscess, your doctor may make a small cut and drain the infected pocket.
• Depending on the extent of the damage, a cracked tooth may need a filling, a root canal, or to be removed and replaced.