The traditional way of treating cavities is by drilling and filling. If a cavity has just begun in your mouth, there may be other options. But by the time most folks find their way into the dentist’s chair, they’re likely experiencing some kind of tooth pain related to the decay in one of their back molars.
One of the reasons why regular dental checkups are preferable to waiting until the pain gets unbearable, is that there may be less invasive, no needle ways of correcting the issue. In this article, we’ll discuss your options for treating cavities at our Cottonwood, AZ location.
For those who have a cavity in the early stages of forming, fluoride treatments can help restore your tooth’s enamel. This can reverse the formation of the cavity. Professional treatments include larger doses of fluoride than you will find in any over-the-counter treatment. The fluoride is either brushed onto your teeth or placed in a dental tray that fits over your teeth.
Drilling and Filling
Traditionally, dentists will have to numb your mouth with that large, horrific needle filled with novocaine. It is not a particularly pleasant experience. But if the decay has progressed beyond the earliest stage, it is still the go-to choice for dentists.
Essentially, the dentist will drill out the area where the rot has begun and then fill it with either metal or plastic. This extends the life of the tooth.
Crowns are the preferred option for those who have extensive decay. Crowns are a kind of tooth replacement that fits over your natural teeth and replaces the enamel there. Your dentist will drill out the decayed area and then fit the crown on top of whatever is left. Crowns can be made of porcelain, resin, or other compounds (including gold).
Nothing causes dental patients more fear than the dreaded root canal. Essentially, root canals are done when the decay is already starting to go into the roots of your teeth. If the decay reaches the tooth pulp, the pulp must be removed. Your dentist then fills the area where the pulp was removed. Root canals are a last-ditch effort to save the tooth.
If the tooth cannot be saved at all, it must be exacted. The pain itself will be intolerable and it will continue to cause problems for your gums and surrounding teeth. At this point, you will have the option of replacing the tooth with a dental implant. It’s important that you consider this option carefully because it’s not just for show. Once you lose a tooth, your teeth begin to drift apart making it easier for plaque to build up and cause problems for your other teeth.
Learn More About Cottonwood Cavity Fillings at Peak Family Dental Care
If you have a cavity or think there may be one forming, early intervention is always best. The longer you wait, the worse the decay and the more invasive the remedy will be. Call Peak Family Dental Care today at 928-440-8431 and schedule your first appointment!