Treatments For Different Cavity Types
Did you know that 90% of Americans have experienced tooth decay at some point in their lives, and 27% of these cases go untreated? However, don’t despair—timely detection and treatment by your dentist can prevent minor cavities from developing into more serious dental problems. Regular dental check-ups are crucial for early identification, saving individuals from costly treatments and potential discomfort. Dr. Carol Jin, DDS, and her team break down the details of tooth decay below.
Pit & Fissure Cavities
These occur on the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars, where pits and fissures are present. Dental sealants are used to treat them. The sealant provides a thin protective coating to the grooves and pits of the affected teeth to prevent decay. Regular brushing and flossing remove plaque, and food particles from accumulating on tooth surfaces, and dental sealants provide an extra layer of protection.
Smooth Surface Cavities
These develop on the flat surfaces between teeth or the sides of teeth. Common treatments include the following:
- Fluoride treatment.
- Recommend flossing twice daily.
- Regular teeth cleanings are key.
Care and Prevention Tips
Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash can strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay. Come in for regular dental check-ups—our experienced dentists can detect and treat cavities in their early stages.
Root cavities occur on the root surfaces of teeth, usually in individuals with receding gums or exposed tooth roots—fillings and crowns are common remedies. Our gentle dentists use tooth-colored composite resin or amalgam fillings to restore damaged areas. In some cases, we may need to install a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth. As with other types of cavities, you can prevent further issues with proper dental hygiene at home and regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
These cavities occur around existing fillings or crowns. Most likely, our dentists will replace the old filling or crown with a new one. Make sure to brush and floss under and around your restorative devices to prevent further decay and preserve your teeth for a lifetime.
Schedule A Cleaning & Check-up For Cavity Prevention
Don’t underestimate the significance of regular dental care in the fight against cavities and dental problems. With preventative care, Dr. Carol Jin, DDS, of San Ramon, CA, can save you from the pain, inconvenience, and financial burden. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene, visit your dentist regularly, and take preventive measures to keep your smile healthy and cavity-free. Call to schedule your 6-month cleaning or annual checkup today!