Biannual dental cleanings and health exams help remove plaque and tartar buildup to reduce the risk of cavities. Dr. Karim Naguib can provide you with a personalized dental recommendation based on your particular needs that will benefit your teeth and gums. If you have felt tooth pain and think you may have a cavity, call Premier Dental Care today.
There are multiple treatment options for cavities that we offer in our Lancaster and Palmdale offices:
Following a root canal, a previously decayed or damaged tooth can receive a dental filling. Patients can restore and maintain their oral health with this treatment option, keeping the natural teeth strong and healthy and avoiding damage that may lead to an extraction. We offer white, cosmetic fillings for the most natural-looking result. Old, dark or leaking fillings can be replaced with a tooth-colored composite filling that will provide long-lasting results.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are lab-made restorations that are placed on teeth when dental fillings are not enough to restore a cavity or restore tooth structure. The process of making an inlay is very similar to a crown. After the tooth is prepared, it is cemented or bonded to the tooth. Inlays and onlays can be made of gold, porcelain, and composite resin.
Root canals preserve natural teeth to help support adjacent teeth and prevent tooth decay from spreading. The pulp found inside the root canal in the center of each tooth is made up of nerves and soft tissue. These nerves and tissue can become infected and cause decay. A root canal procedure is used to remove the infection for patients with severe tooth decay.
Tooth extraction may be the only treatment option for patients in advanced stages of tooth decay. Extraction is used to prevent decay from spreading further and causing more damage to the teeth and gums. Cavities are a result of decay and may lead to extraction if they are not addressed soon enough.
Tooth Cavity FAQs
Can small cavities go away on their own?
Occasionally, very small cavities can be reversed with outstanding oral hygiene. However, these have to be caught at the onset. This is what makes regular dental visits important. The cavity would have to be caught before it’s typically noticed by a patient.
What happens if I don’t get a cavity filled?
As with many things, the more you let a cavity go, the worse the outcome will be. Tooth decay can spread throughout your tooth and to surrounding teeth. If it gets to the dental pulp, a root canal will be needed to remove the infection. If left alone long enough, you may need to replace the entire tooth.
Do adults normally get cavities?
While a diet that’s lighter than sugar and fluoridated water, adults normally don’t get as many cavities as children. However, they can definitely still happen. Making sure you keep up with your oral health can prevent this.
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Call our Lancaster, CA dentist office at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a dental visit to our Lancaster dentist office online. Call our Palmdale, CA dentist office at (661) 273-6565 or schedule a visit to our Palmdale dentist office online.