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Are there alternative treatment options for cavities?

There are not any alternative treatments for cavities. In general, the tooth must be treated by a dentist. If treatment isn't sought, the tooth could fall out.

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There are no real substitutions for fillings, root canals, or extractions if you have an advanced cavity. However, some preventative treatments can lesson your chances of developing more cavities. If you are cavity-prone, talk with your dentist about whether fluoride treatments or sealants are a good option for you.

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Cavities

Cavities are tiny holes in your teeth that have developed from decay. Left untreated, cavities will get larger, and can cause toothache and possible loss of teeth. Anybody can get a cavity, but you put yourself at greater risk if ...

you don't brush regularly, or frequently consume sweets or sugary drinks. Your dentist can help prevent cavities with fluoride treatments, and can find them by taking pictures (X-rays) of the teeth. Once found, the dentist may treat your cavity with a filling or if extensive, with a crown. If there has been an extensive infection, other treatments, including antibiotics or a root canal surgery may be indicated.
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