Small Cavities

If you have a cavity and are reluctant to call your dentist, you may be hoping the cavity will just heal itself. A cavity is tooth decay that causes a hole in the tooth. If cavities are not treated more serious issues can develop. At R2 Center for Dentistry, it is important to take care of your oral health and practice good habits at home. Attending your regular cleanings and exams in our office can identify if you have any cavities, and make sure they are addressed promptly.

How Will My Small Cavity Be Treated?

If you have a large cavity, you will most likely need a filling. If the cavity is small and is causing you no pain or discomfort, we may be able to watch the cavity by comparing x-rays to determine if the cavity is active or arrested. Small cavities that are caught early on can be stopped with good oral hygiene. Taking care of your teeth with brushing, flossing, and using fluoride can help strengthen the enamel, and stop a cavity in its tracks.

Treatments for a Cavity

  • Fillings
  • Inlays or Onlays
  • Crowns
  • Root Canals
  • Extractions

What Can I Do To Reverse Decay and Prevent Cavities?

  • Brush and floss at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Increase your fluoride intake to help stop the cavity from further decay. Our office provides fluoride treatments, and fluoride can be found in toothpaste or mouthwashes.
  • Sealants can be applied to molars to prevent cavities from forming. This is a clear plastic protective coat that can help halt or reverse current decay on a tooth if the cavity is small enough and in the early stages.
  • Limit eating and drinking foods that have a high sugar content. These types of foods and drinks contribute to tooth decay. If you do consume these foods, make sure to brush right afterwards.
  • Visit our office twice a year for your regular cleaning and exam.

Interested in Scheduling an Appointment?

If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, or is causing your issues please do not hesitate to call our office. Leaving a cavity untreated can cause more serious issues if the cavity is not addressed promptly. Our flexible hours and schedule allow you to be seen right away. Your health is our priority and we welcome new patients to our office.

To schedule your dental exam or cleaning contact R2 Center for Dentistry, and our staff will be happy to assist you!

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Knowing when to call your dentist is important. Dental emergencies can be stressful, and if you are in pain the situation can be hard to handle. At R2 Center for Dentistry, we are the preferred destination for Marion dentistry, and provide emergency services including toothache treatment in Marion, KS.

Our 5 locations offer same or next day appointments to accommodate our patients in need of immediate treatment. If you have tooth pain that does not go away you may have a dental emergency, and we recommend that you contact our office right away. Pain is a way of your body signaling that something is wrong. Listening to your body and taking action is important to avoid more serious complications.

One of the most common dental emergencies we face is tooth pain. Pain in or around your tooth can be caused from decay, cavities, issues with an existing filling, fracture, or infection.

A Toothache May Mean Infection

The below symptoms may indicate you have an infection and you should be seen right away.

  • Fever
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Throbbing pain that does not go away
  • Blood or pus around your tooth
  • Swollen or tender face or jaw

What Can I Do at Home While I Wait to Be Seen?

While you are waiting to be seen in our office there are some tips you can try at home to alleviate the pain.

• Pain relief gel can be used on the area.
• Take an anti-inflammatory over the counter medication such as ibuprofen.
• Apply a cold compress to the area to help reduce inflammation.
• A hot compress can be used to help relieve pain.
• Peppermint tea bags have pain healing properties, and can be used to help alleviate pain.
• Clove oil helps with inflammation and can be used on the area.

Looking for an Emergency Dentist in Marion?

If you are looking for an emergency dentist near you in the Marion area, R2 Center for Dentistry is here to help. Our doctors have years of experience treating dental emergencies, and our office is equipped to handle anything that comes out way. When we treat patients for a dental emergency, we want them to know they are in good hands. Our patients’ health is our priority, and we take pride in helping our patients, and touching their lives in a positive way.

Our office is located near St. Luke’s hospital, making us a convenient location for families in the Marion area.

Come experience quality dentistry, and let R2 Center for Dentistry become your preferred emergency dentist in Marion!