Cavity Treatment Options Suffolk, VA

Children can develop cavities due to poor oral hygiene, diet, or a genetic predisposition. Fortunately, there are various cavity treatment options to remove decay and save teeth. Cavity treatment can resolve the problem and improve your child's oral health.

Fun Park Pediatric Dentistry offers cavity treatment options in Suffolk and the surrounding area. If your child has a cavity, our team can help restore and protect their teeth. Call us at (757) 767-2767 for more information about our services or schedule an appointment.

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    Diagnosing a Cavity

    Cavities are one of the most common dental problems in children. They are a permanently damaged area in a tooth that occurs due to tooth decay. Patients are often surprised to learn that they have a cavity. This is due to the fact that early cavities often cause no symptoms and are not visible to the untrained eye. The best way to determine whether a child has a cavity is through a regular dental check-up.

    We will examine the teeth for any soft spots or visual signs of a cavity during this appointment. X-rays can also help check between the teeth where a visual examination cannot reach. The sooner cavities are detected, the better since early treatment prevents the cavity from getting bigger. Untreated cavities can cause greater dental problems and complications.

    “The best way to determine whether a child has a cavity is through a regular dental check-up.”

    Cavity Treatment Options

    Various cavity treatment options are available depending on the patient’s needs. In the early stages, the cavity might be reversible. We may recommend professional fluoride treatments to restore the tooth enamel. If treatment cannot reverse the cavity, the most common treatment is a filling. To place a filling out team will numb the tooth and drill out the decay. Then, we will fill the tooth with the patient’s chosen filling material.

    If a child has extensive decay, they might need extra care, such as drilling away a significant portion of the tooth. In this case, the patient may need a crown or cap to protect the remaining tooth from breakage and to restore its appearance. When we cannot restore a tooth in severe cases, a child may require a tooth extraction. However, tooth extractions are only a last resort. Regular dental checkups are crucial since they allow us to diagnose cavities before becoming too large and leading to greater problems.

    “In the early stages, the cavity might be reversible.”

    What To Do About a Suspected Cavity

    Parents who suspect that their child has a cavity should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. They should let our team know about any symptoms they have noticed in their child. It is also helpful for parents to prepare their child before their dental visit.

    Children may feel nervous or scared before a visit to the dentist for a cavity. Parents can help by reassuring their children that the dentist wants to help keep their teeth healthy. Some books and television shows can also provide helpful, child-friendly explanations of the process.

    “Parents who suspect that their child has a cavity should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.”

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    Pain and Other Risks of Untreated Cavities

    Children who are experiencing dental pain should receive treatment right away. Parents should contact our office and schedule an appointment to diagnose the problem and develop the appropriate treatment plan. Delaying treatment can put a child’s oral health at risk.

    Tooth decay spreads quickly, and dental problems can worsen without warning. The sooner a child gets their cavity treated, the better. Untreated cavities can lead to an infection in the tooth called a tooth abscess and destroy the inner tooth pulp. Treatment will prevent the problem from worsening or spreading to other teeth. Once the cavity receives treatment, a child’s tooth pain and discomfort will disappear.

    “Tooth decay spreads quickly, and dental problems can worsen without warning.”

    Home Treatment Options

    In some cases, a child must wait a few days to receive cavity treatment. As a child waits for their appointment, parents should ensure that their child continues brushing and flossing. During mealtimes, offer soft, room-temperature foods and drinks.

    We also recommend avoiding sharp, crunchy, sticky foods. Our team can also recommend some over-the-counter medications to minimize discomfort and tooth pain. A cold compress against the face and jaw can also provide some relief.

    “As a child waits for their appointment, parents should ensure that their child continues brushing and flossing.”

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. What is a cavity?

    A. Cavities are decayed areas on the surface of the teeth. They usually develop due to bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria feed on sugar, then produce an acid that damages tooth enamel. Without treatment, the tooth might become severely decayed or infected. Prompt cavity treatment helps avoid these outcomes.

    Q. How are cavities diagnosed?

    A. Larger cavities might be visible to the naked eye. Our team may spot a cavity during a visual exam or cleaning. A cavity might also turn up on an X-ray or imaging test.

    Q. How are cavities treated?

    A. If a child has a cavity, they should receive treatment quickly. Early cavity treatment prevents the problem from worsening. Fillings can repair most small cavities. If the tooth has severe decay, it may need further treatment. Our team will determine the best treatment plan for each patient’s unique needs.

    Q. How can I prevent cavities?

    A. Good oral hygiene helps fight against cavities. Parents should ensure that their children brush twice each day and floss daily. We recommend avoiding sweets and sugary beverages and taking children for regular dental exams and cleanings.

    Q. Can cavities be fixed at home?

    A. Once a cavity has formed, at-home treatments will not get rid of it. Professional dental care is the only way to restore and protect a tooth from decay fully. Parents should report their child’s new or worsening tooth pain to our team right away.

    Quality Pediatric Dental Services Can Transform Smiles

    By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get your child the professional treatment they need.

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    Definition of Pediatric Dental Terminology

    A cavity is a permanently damaged area in the hard surface of a tooth that develops into a hole or opening.
    Dental Caries
    Dental caries are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
    Dental Checkup
    A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
    Dental Filling
    A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
    Dental Prophylaxis
    A dental prophylaxis is a thorough cleaning procedure that involves preventing the spread or continued growth of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
    Dental Sealants
    Dental sealants are a solution of plastic material that we apply to the crown of the tooth to protect the areas within the ridges of teeth from infection.
    The enamel is the hard calcified layer that covers the entire tooth and is subject to interaction with multiple substances.
    Periodontal Disease
    Periodontal disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the gingival tissues and membrane of the teeth, leading to tooth loss without professional treatment.
    Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
    Tooth Extraction
    Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth completely from the dental alveolus in the alveolar bone.

    Call Us Today

    Cavities are a common but treatable childhood dental concern. Our team at call Fun Park Pediatric Dentistry can treat tooth decay and prevent future dental problems. Call us at 757-767-2767 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.

    If you live in the Suffolk area, call 757-767-2767 for an appointment in our Suffolk office.

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