Decayed Teeth – What Are Your Options?

As a dentist in Glasgow treating tooth decay still remains at the core of good dental care. So we thought we’d take this opportunity to discuss various options for treating cavities.

What is tooth decay?

decayed teethTooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth feeding on the food particles situated on or between the teeth, damaging the tooth structure in the process. When tooth decay occurs it weakens teeth and makes them more susceptible to cracks, chips and breakage and it can even cause more serious problems to a person’s dental health.

There are several ways to treat tooth decay and these are discussed briefly below.


The best option for minor tooth decay and cavities is typically with the use of a dental filling. They are the most common form of dental treatment and most people will have had one or more at some time in their life. They’re also available in a metal or tooth coloured form.

Inlays and Onlays

If a traditional dental filling is not quite suitable then the next option may be an inlay or onlay. These are able to restore larger sections of the tooth’s structure including the biting surfaces. They’re custom-made from an impression of your tooth and then glued into place with dental adhesive.


A dental crown is usually the last resort when a tooth has been badly damaged and weakened and a filling isn’t possible. Any decay is removed and the dental crown fitted over the entire tooth strengthening its structure and restoring functionality.

Treating dental infections with root canal therapy

When a tooth is badly decayed it can cause bacteria to enter the hollow chamber inside the tooth which causes the soft tissue or pulp inside to become infected. When this happens it can cause almost unbearable pain and the infection may also spread to other structures within the mouth.

Root canal treatment involves your dentist in Glasgow removing the infected pulp to avoid the infection from spreading, cleaning out the root, and putting in a temporary filling while the tooth settles. Once the infection has cleared the tooth will be permanently filled or capped with a crown to restore its functionality.


When a tooth or teeth are severely damaged then extraction is usually a better choice than restoration. Modern dentistry offers plenty of tooth replacement options including bridges, dentures, and dental implants. At Botanics Dental we’re noticing a large rise in the number of patients opting for dental implants in Glasgow and for the right candidate they offer a long lasting and natural looking permanent method of tooth replacement.

Our tips for preventing tooth decay

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day
  • Avoid sugary food and drinks as much as possible
  • Avoid using tobacco products
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for a check-up

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile and/or your dental health then please get in touch with Botanics Dental Care. Our friendly and experienced dental team led by Dr. Colin Gardner will do all they can to make your smile more healthy and beautiful. Book online at or call us direct on 0141 334 3408.