Dental Caries Treatment
Initial treatment for small dental caries includes mouthwash and fluoride treatments. If the tooth surface has been damaged permanently, dental fillings are used to repair the openings and seal the tooth. This prevents additional damage to the tooth. If the visible surface of the tooth has become damaged, some of the tooth may be removed and a crown, or cap, must be placed over the remaining tooth.
In some cases, damage occurs to the inside of the tooth. In this case, the inside of the tooth is replaced with a filling, which is called a root canal. For severe cases, the entire tooth must be removed.
Treatment for dental caries may include:
- Antiseptic mouthwash
- Flouride treatments:
- Protective barriers applied to the surface of the teeth
- Dental picks
- Oral irrigators:
- Warm saltwater mouth rinses
- Dental fillings
- Root canal
- Dental crown
- Dental extraction:
- Tooth removal
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
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