Treatment of Tooth Decay

The sooner your child receives treatment for tooth decay, the better the chances of reversing its effects. Our pediatric dentists have treated thousands of young patients with dental caries so we’re well trained at treating these issues. We use the latest tools and techniques to make treatment comfortable, fast and easy.

Possible treatments include:

Fluoride treatments – If the decay has not yet eaten through the enamel, it may still be reversed using a professional fluoride treatment.

Filling – This is the most common treatment for tooth decay. The decay is first removed, then a tooth colored filling is placed over the cavity.

Pulp capping – For moderate to severe decay, and when the nerve is not yet exposed, pulp capping will be done prior to placing the dental filling.

Pulpotomy – If the decay is severe and the pulp is already exposed, a pulpotomy may be needed.

Root canal – If the decay has already affected the inner pulp and the permanent tooth becomes abscessed, the patient will need to undergo a root canal.

Extraction – For a seriously decayed tooth that’s already beyond repair, extraction is the only option.

If our dentist finds extensive decay in several teeth (5 or more cavities), we can utilize calming methods including Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), in-office sedation or dental treatment under general anesthesia at Morristown Medical Center. Dr. Mannella is currently the chairman of pediatric dentistry and the director of the Nursing Bottle Caries Program.

Nitrous Oxide

Many people know nitrous oxide as laughing gas. This type of sedation has been used for over a hundred years and it helps kids remain calm and works very fast (5 minutes or even less). We administer nitrous oxide to help patients relax and feel happy. If your child is anxious about his or her dental procedure, this mild and extremely safe form of sedation can really help put your child at ease.

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