Tooth Decay or Cavities

Cavities are the world’s most common dental problem.

Overview

Dental cavities are deeper holes formed due to the bacterial accumulation decaying the part of the tooth. As cavities don’t go away easily, Dr. Sonal Deshpande from Brilliant Smiles of North Plainfield fixes them and gets them repaired.

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Synopsis of the treatment

Cavity treatment is wholly dependent on the tooth condition to accomplish a fit tooth with the assistance of various methods like fluoride treatments, dental fillings, dental crowns and dental bridges, root canal, or tooth extraction.

Length of treatment

10- 60 min (may vary).

Anesthesia

Local anesthesia (also known as Novocaine).

Recovery

A week (maximum).

Alternative name

Dental caries or tooth decay.

What Is A Cavity Treatment?

Cavity treatment is the restoration of the tooth enamel to prevent decay (damage to the outer layer of the tooth) invading the inner layer of the tooth. The decayed portion of the tooth having tiny holes or pits make way for the bacterial infection to cause permanent destruction of the tooth. Contemplating the cause, Dr. Sonal Deshpande detects tooth decay by constantly examining and monitoring the tooth condition and proceeding with the treatment as and when required.

What Are The Signs Of Cavities?

Cavities lead to many observable signs like: 

These signs or symptoms suggest an early dental checkup to avoid further medical complications.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is caused by plaque, a sticky film that covers the teeth. The bacteria in plaque break down the sugar and starch from the food we eat to produce acids. These acids attack the enamel, increasing the risk of decay. 

Following are some factors that lead to tooth decay or cavities:

How To Stop Tooth Decay?

There are various treatments to cure tooth decay or cavities, and the best one is prevention, for which dental sealants and fluoride are used.

In some cases, sealants and fluoride treatment may not be sufficient to prevent tooth decay, and as a result, cavities are formed. In such cases, dental fillings help to repair the damage caused by tooth decay or cavities.

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Why Cavity Treatment Is Important?

Cavity treatment is crucial for treating the underlying layer of the teeth exposed to the cavity. Cavity treatments fill the tooth and strengthen the overall dental health.

The acid and the bacterial infection eat away the inner layer of the teeth, and in severe cases, can stream through the blood cells and can affect various parts of the body. To this, cavity treatment helps in removing the infection or the decayed portion of the tooth by filling and restoring the natural tooth without causing any pain.

What To Expect At The Consultation?

Dr. Sonal Deshpande will ask some basic questions regarding your oral health practices. The condition of tooth decay, mouth, and gums will be evaluated. This thorough examination helps to perform the treatment of filling the cavity easily.

Dr. Sonal Deshpande examines the overall oral health through the X-ray. Depending on the tooth condition, the treatment is recommended, and the necessary instructions are given.

How To Prepare Before The Cavity Treatment?

For the success of the dental treatment, you need to get comfortable in whichever way possible. Try out meditation and breathing practices to relax your nerves. Nobody wishes to see the needle coming to the gums. But with the sedative and numbing gel, the procedure is simplified. First, if the toothache is unbearable before the treatment, go for oral medications given by Dr. Sonal Deshpande. That will be of assistance to reduce your pain. Also, if there is severe pain while biting down, choose to adopt the mineral-rich diet recommended by Dr. Sonal Deshpande. Make yourself calm and relaxed by carrying out the paperwork well in advance.

How Is The Procedure Performed At The Clinic?

First, you will receive anesthesia, and then Dr. Sonal Deshpande drills out the decayed portion of the tooth, followed by a thorough cleaning. Then the tooth is carefully prepared before the new filling gets placed. In case decay has occurred near the tooth's nerve, a special medication is applied for added protection. The dental filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth's original shape and function.

Mercury-Free Fillings

We understand that some patients may have concerns about whether mercury amalgam (silver) fillings are hazardous to their health. At Brilliant Smiles of North Plainfield, we believe that the overall health & peace of mind of our patients always comes first. Accordingly, at our office we have elected only to use new & advanced tooth fillings made of tooth-colored materials that contain no mercury.

The major advantage of offering mercury-free tooth fillings is that we are able to offer you more subtle, flattering options for fillings. With these new materials, getting a filling no longer means your friends & family see a flash of metal when you smile or open your mouth. Our tooth-colored or white tooth fillings are essentially indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

While our biggest concern is the health & function of your teeth, we are proud to offer tooth filling options that do not affect the aesthetics of your smile.

How Is The Recovery After The Procedure?

Dr. Sonal Deshpande provides sedation for the cavity treatment that can last for a couple of hours. As soon as the procedure is complete, it is crucial to take care of what you eat and drink to avoid chewing on the numb areas and preventing the anesthesia from wearing off. 

Experiencing a sensitivity to hot and cold when dental fillings are first placed is normal. However, this will subside soon after your tooth adjusts to the new filling. At the consultation, you will be given care instructions for your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

Dr. Sonal Deshpande plans out your entire routine and prescribes the oral medications to be taken promptly. On initial days, there may be severe pain or sensitivity. But with time, healing can be faster and smoother if taken care of.

What Are The Risks And Complications Associated With The Cavity Treatment?

Cavities and tooth decay have lasting complications if the care is not taken after the treatment. These complications can be even severe for toddlers having their baby teeth. These could be even worse if neglected. 

The risk factors or complications post-treatment includes:

The complications mentioned above can be life-threatening and may lead to bacterial infections. To avoid this mishap, consult Dr. Sonal Deshpande and discuss your problems.

What Are The Results And The Outlook Post The Cavity Treatment?

Cavities destroy the tooth’s enamel and affect the outer layer of the tooth. With time, it can even progress to the deepest layers of the tooth. Once the decay erodes to the inner layer and enters the bloodstream, it could be dangerous. No wonder cavity treatment resolves the issues and helps to repair and fix the cavity. The medical progress has made things easy, and the treatment is far better than in earlier days. Once the tooth area is numb, the cavity treatment happens within the given timeframe, and with proper care and rest, recovery takes place faster and better.

How Much Does A Cavity Treatment Cost?

The cost of a cavity treatment is majorly based on factors such as the type of tooth filling used and the number of tooth surfaces that require cavity treatment. Depending on the dental insurance plan, the cost of fillings may be fully or partially covered.

The cost may also vary based on treatments like root canals, crowns, dental bridges, and implants, or tooth extraction. Dental insurance covers root canal and dental crowns & dental bridges services. 

Dr. Sonal Deshpande
Dr. Sonal Deshpande, DDS

About Dr. Sonal Deshpande

Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. She practices comfortable, caring dentistry focused on establishing optimal oral health, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to her technical proficiency, Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a careful listener and will explain beforehand which treatment is best for your individual needs.

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