If you have a cavity, you may assume that all you need to do is visit our office and get a filling. It is normal for you to feel some anxiety about getting this procedure even though you have an idea about what it is.
The best way to overcome any anxiety is through knowledge. The more you know about how we treat a cavity and what it means to have one, the easier it is to deal with it and restore your good oral health.
Different Options for Cavities
There are actually several different options to deal with cavities. The choice depends on a few things. Where the cavity is, how larger the cavity is and how long the cavity has been around will all play a role in what you can do about it. Like many things when it comes to your oral health, the sooner you take care of a cavity, the easier it is to treat. It is possible for us to spot a cavity during a routine checkup before you start to experience any of the symptoms of it.
Looking at the Options For a small cavity that just started, the best option for treatment is often fluoride. It is not about drinking more water with fluoride in it. Professional fluoride treatments can help restore the enamel of a tooth and can help heal the cavity.
When the cavity is larger, the best option is usually getting a filling. Before putting the filling in, removal of all the diseased tissue surrounding the cavity is necessary. After that, a filling is put into place. The filling is made out of a variety of materials. For cavities that go deep into the tooth, the treatment is a root canal. This involves removing the diseased tissue and putting a filling in place. It requires going down to the roots of the tooth.
When a cavity has progressed to the point that it is not restorable, the best option is a tooth extraction. Once the tooth is gone, a crown or implant can replace it. It is not fun to get any type of treatment for a cavity, but not doing anything will just lead to more problems. Instead of ignoring the cavity, get it treated by contacting our office to schedule an appointment.