Cavities are often the result of poor oral hygiene due from not properly brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis and can damage the look and feel of our teeth. Over time, the cavities will begin to decay your tooth and can even start to cause problems with your gums and nerves. You will be able to notice that there is a problem with trouble with your gums, sensitive teeth, bad breath, and even a toothache. Here are some of the methods that your dentist and you can discuss in order to get rid of the cavities that you have.
In some cases, you may be able to get rid of your cavities by doing a fluoride treatment. This kind of treatment is great because it helps the tooth enamel get stronger and will therefor prevent against more cavities in the future. If the cavity is in the early parts of forming, then you can talk to your dentist about which kinds of fluoride treatments and foams will work the best for your needs.
While a filling is the most common method that will be used by your dentist in order to deal with the cavities that you have, a crown may be necessary if your tooth has become really decayed and won’t be able to deal with a feeling. In this process, your dentist will remove the weakened and decayed part of your tooth before replacing that part with a cap. The cap consists of porcelain and will look just like your natural tooth.
When the cavity has gotten really bad, usually to the point of damaging the root or the pulp of your tooth, then your dentist will want to discuss putting in a root canal to help you out. When you get a root canal, the dentist will get rid of any part of the tooth that is decayed along with the tissues and nerves that have been affected in the process. All of the parts that have been removed will then be replaced with a filling made of porcelain and sometimes the final product will have a cap also placed over it all for extra protection.
There are some extreme cases where your dentist may discuss the option of completely getting rid of the decayed tooth. This option is usually saved as the very last resort and will only be chosen if the tooth is so decayed that the other options will not really do any good or if the tooth is really causing you a lot of pain. In addition to getting your decayed tooth taken out, your dentist will give you all of the options necessary for deciding how to replace the decayed tooth. It is often not recommended that you leave the gap in your teeth there because it can cause the remaining teeth to move away from each other and will cause even more dental problems down the road.
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Jenifer is a writer for Greenspoint Dental, a dental practice in Houston, Texas. She hopes to never have a cavity.