When it comes to treatments for cavities, it depends on the severity of the decay and each patient’s specific situation. One common treatment for cavities that are just starting is a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth repair themselves at early stages of decay. Once the damage has become permanent, fillings replace decayed areas of your teeth and are the main treatment option. If you have extensive decay or your teeth have weakened due to the cavity, you may need a crown rather than a filling to restore your tooth. Our Asbury Park dentist, Marc Berley, DMD, will recommend a root canal when decay reaches the inner material of your tooth, or pulp. With this procedure, the tooth pulp is removed and replaced with a filling. When teeth become badly decayed and can’t be restored, they must be removed. Our dentist will go over all treatment options so, together, you can make the best decision.
Generally speaking, anyone who has teeth, including babies, can get cavities, and cavities are among the world’s most common health problems. Cavities can permanently damage areas in the hard surface of your teeth, and develop into very small openings or holes. Also referred to as tooth decay, cavities are caused by a mixture of factors, including teeth not being cleaned well, bacteria in your mouth, snacking too often and drinking overly sugared beverages. Our Asbury Park dentist likes to educate all our patients on the importance of good oral hygiene and the consequences of cavities.
If cavities are left untreated, they get larger and soon affect the deeper layers of your teeth. These untreated cavities will also lead to infection, severe toothache, and, ultimately, loss of the tooth. In order to prevent cavities, our Asbury Park dentist cannot stress enough how important regular dental visits are as well as good brushing and flossing habits. The symptoms will vary depending on the location and extent of decay. Some signs to look out for are toothache, sensitivity or sharp pain when eating sweets or something hot or cold, visible holes in teeth, pain when biting down, or any discharge around gums or teeth. There aren’t always symptoms when a cavity is new but Dr. Berley might be able to see decay starting and recommend the proper steps to prevent it from getting worse. That’s why it’s important to make and keep regular dental checkup appointments as well and cleanings. Your mouth may feel fine but by the time you notice symptoms, the damage is getting worse.