Yesterday, we talked about cavities and how you get them, and for many families – when it comes to our pediatric dentists in Garden Grove, cavities are often one of the most common concerns. Our goal is to prevent them altogether by impressing upon all of our young patients how important good brushing routines are.
ids everywhere have heard it from their friends after a dentist’s appointment, “How many cavities did you have?” with bright eyes eagerly awaiting an answer. For all of them – our dentists in Garden Grove hope the answer is always “none”. But cavities aren’t uncommon for kids and young adults everywhere. Fortunately, they’re also pretty easy to prevent.
Sure, genetics can play a small role in the formation of cavities – good oral hygiene, including rinsing and flossing also helps keep cavity causing decay to a minimum. But what happens if you do end up with a cavity?
Fillings for Cavities
One of the most common and affordable approaches to fixing a dental cavity is to fill it. By filling it with a substance that prevents bacteria and decay from entering the tooth, and then sealing the tooth shut – it fixes the cavity and sustains the tooth for the future.
In order to place a filling, first your dentist will numb the spot before removing any decay with a laser, air tool, or drill. Next, the area is cleaned so that there’s enough space for the filling to be cleanly made.
Once the tooth is filled, the dentist will then shape and polish the filling so that it’s surface closely matches the tooth’s original surface. This is done both to ensure proper chewing, mouth closure, and comfort.
The relative ease and low-cost of a filling is one of the primary reasons why it’s important to find and fix a cavity as soon as possible. If left too long to decay, cavities become bigger and require more serious treatments – such as a dental crown.
A dental crown is typically used when a tooth has so much damage or decay that it’s at risk for breaking. A crown protects it from this future bu restoring the tooth from the gumline up and essentially replacing the tooth with a new external covering.
When a tooth decays badly enough, it can become broken. In this case, the tooth can only be repaired with a crown, which attempts to restore the tooth at the gum line. The crown is sometimes added after a root canal to prevent the tooth from breaking. If the tooth has already received a large filling and there isn’t a whole lot of natural tooth left, a crown will replace the remaining tooth for better aesthetics and functionality.
The crown will hold a very fragile tooth together, maximizing the chances that the patient will keep his or her teeth. The crown also can be used to restore a tooth that has already been broken. If there isn’t much of a tooth left and the tooth has received a very large filling, the crown will cover the filling and support the tooth. The crown is intended to look like an actual tooth, allowing patients to keep the dental work a secret.
Are your children complaining about dental pain? Our pediatric dentists in Garden Grove are experts at treating cavities in kids of all ages. Have a question? We have answers. Contact us today to learn how we can help.