My Kid Has a Cavity, What Do I Do?

Like other parts of the body, our teeth are also susceptible to problems. The most common among these problems is tooth decay caused by accumulation of bacteria in our mouth. Poor dental hygiene and dietary habits may lead to tooth decay and cavities. Cavities are painful because they expose our sensitive nerves to outside influences like the food we eat and extreme temperatures. When you have a cavity, there are several treatment options available to you. Fillings, root canal treatment, use of crowns, and tooth extraction are some of them. The right kind of treatment for your child’s cavity problem will depend on the extent of damage to their teeth. Treatments for cavities vary The process of tooth decay is a slow one, and it may take years before your teeth develop large cavities that cause pain. Therefore, you can detect it early or late in development. Treatment options will vary depending on when you discover the problem and the extent of damage. Take your child to the dentist, and he may opt for one of the treatment methods mentioned. A fluoride treatment will help to prevent further cavities, and can also help the teeth repair themselves. This treatment is the best when the tooth decay is still in the initial stages. This treatment involves application of a gel or liquid on the affected tooth.  Fluoride treatments  may need to be repeated as instructed by the dentist. Fillings are best when the tooth decay has gone deeper past the enamel. In this procedure, all the parts of the tooth that are decayed are removed, and the tooth is then filled with another material to maintain its shape. The filling material can be made of resins with the same color as the affected tooth.  The fillings can also be silver or gold, but these can be more expensive. Crowns are better when tooth decay has spread Crowns are adopted when the decay process is quite extensive. In such a case, a filling may not work, and could result in a weakened tooth.  In this procedure, the decayed parts of your tooth are removed, your tooth is treated, and a covering is put over the remaining part of the tooth. Crowns are usually made of gold. Root canal treatment is done where the decay is severe, and the nerves may be affected.  In this procedure, the decayed part of the tooth and the surrounding pulp is removed. Your tooth is then filled. Tooth extraction is done when there is no hope for the decayed tooth.  The whole tooth is removed leaving a gap. If your child has a cavity, Dr. Peter Hazim can determine the best treatment plan, as well as teach you and your child how to properly care for your teeth. Please call us at (972) 727-5599. We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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