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- Brushing and flossing with Reference fluoride Opens New Window toothpaste and/or receiving fluoride treatments may be enough to reverse early decay, before cavities have formed. For more information, see:
- You need a Reference filling if a cavity has formed. A filling is a material that plugs the cavity hole and restores a tooth to its original shape after your dentist has removed the decay.
- You may need a Reference crown if the decay is severe and your tooth is badly damaged. A crown (often called a cap) is a man-made replacement for all or part of a tooth. Crowns are also used to treat teeth that have broken or decayed so much that a filling will not work.
- You may need a Reference root canal treatment if the Reference pulp Opens New Window of your tooth is infected. A root canal removes the diseased pulp of a tooth.
- You may need your tooth taken out (Reference extraction) if the root of the tooth is severely damaged. You may need to replace the tooth with a Reference bridge Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window or an Reference implant.
If you do not treat tooth decay, your cavities can get worse and you may lose a tooth. If you wait to see your dentist, your tooth repair will probably cost more and take longer.
What to think about
Many people are very nervous before or during a dental visit. This can make going to the dentist a difficult experience. You can take steps to limit your Reference anxiety, such as explaining your fears to the dentist and setting up a system of hand signals. Hand signals let you tell the dentist when something hurts or you want a break, even if you cannot talk.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 19, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry