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Treatment for a cavity repair varies, depending on the stage the decay was discovered and treated, which in turn determines the extent of the damage. Regular dental checkups are arguably your best defense against cavities, especially when combined with daily brushing and flossing at home care. Coming in every six months allows us to check for tooth decay, gum disease, and old fillings to make sure they are not cracked or leaking lets us treat the problem with minimal invasive methods. Let’s take a look at the ways we can treat your cavity to restore your healthy smile!

— If we find erosion on your tooth enamel we may apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel. It only takes a few minutes, and is much more effective at protecting enamel than just drinking tap water with fluoride or using fluoride mouthwash or toothpaste.\

— We may repair a cavity with a decay is dental restorations, or dental fillings. While restorative fillings may be made from gold, composite resin, porcelain or amalgam fillings, Dr. David J. Harsant is pleased to restore your tooth with silver amalgam or white composite fillings.

— Now, if tooth decay has weakened the tooth structure, we may need to remove all decay and then place a crown on the remaining tooth structure. We shape what is left of the tooth material to fit the crown, which may be made from porcelain, gold, or resin.

— If the decay has already reached the center of the tooth, or tooth pulp which houses the nerves and blood vessels and other connective tissue, you may need a root canal to save your tooth. After numbing the area, we will remove the pulp and nerve, clean the tooth thoroughly, and fill it with a dental filling. If it is necessary, Dr. Harsant may place a crown over your tooth.

— If the decay is too advanced and the tooth is damaged beyond repair, you may need to have the tooth removed. If that happens it will leave behind a gap where the tooth originally sat, so the surrounding teeth can end up shifting and affecting your bite. In this case we will recommend a bridge or dental implant to prevent tooth movement.

Cavities may be repaired in various ways, and early treatment is most easily and cost-effectively treated. Regular dental checkups are an excellent way to spot these dental issues early. To schedule your next visit with Dr. Harsant, please call our dental team in Fayetteville, North Carolina at 910.864.4646 today!