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Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC

Do All Holes in Your Teeth Require Filling?


Posted on 11/20/2019 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Do All Holes in Your Teeth Require Filling?All holes or pits in your teeth are never a good sign. They may indicate that your diet is too acidic or that your oral hygiene routine is not working effectively. If left untreated, these pits could darken over time to a dark brown or even black.

Far worse, they could become full-blown cavities that lead to sensitivity and pain. Cavities can eventually work their way into the roots and cause an infection leading to costly dental bills and pain. Worry not though, not all holes need to be drilled and filled.

Fluoride Treatment

If caught early on some holes and pits can be treated using fluoride. Professional fluoride treatments have been shown to stop and reverse some of the damage. It has also been shown to aid in the remineralization of the enamel and thus rectify some of the already present damage. We can also discuss your brushing habits and recommend what improvements may help your teeth. Along with a recommendation to cut down on sugar and other acidic foods.

Gone Too Far
If the holes or pits have gone too far and turned into cavities, then a professional fluoride treatment may not be an option for you. In this case, a regular drill and fill approach may be needed. If the cavity has gone beyond that then a root canal or even an extraction may be recommended to avoid any possible infection or abscess. If extraction is necessary, an implant can be discussed to replace the missing tooth with a copy that looks just like the old one.

It is important to take care of all holes in your teeth early. Prevention is always more economical and pain-free solution than a cure. If you have holes in your teeth do not hesitate to call us. We would like to schedule a consultation to discuss options on how to fix the issue. Don't live with a mouth full of holes. Call today and get the smile you always dreamed of!


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