Treatment Options for Cavities in Your Front Teeth

Cavities are tiny holes that form in teeth due to decay, and can affect anyone—regardless of age or oral hygiene habits. Cavities often occur in back molars, but they can also develop in the front teeth. This poses different challenges than those that occur in less visible parts of your mouth.

Cavities in front teeth are called anterior cavities. They can develop due to poor oral hygiene, frequent consumption of sugary foods and drinks, and acidic erosion. These cavities can manifest as small pits or holes in the enamel. This affects the teeth’s appearance and can lead to sensitivity or discomfort.

How are cavities in the front teeth treated?

When it comes to cavities in front teeth, Fioritto dentists typically consider factors such as the size and severity of the cavity, the tooth’s location and your own preferences.

Here are some common treatment options:

  • Fillings: Dental fillings are a standard treatment for cavities, including those in front teeth. Composite resin fillings, which match the color of natural teeth, are often preferred for front teeth for aesthetic purposes. Your Fioritto dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the cavity with the composite material. This restores both function and appearance.
  • Bonding: Composite bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to the tooth’s surface to fill in cavities, chips and gaps. This technique can repair cavities in front teeth while preserving a natural appearance. The bonding material is sculpted and hardened with a special light, so it blends seamlessly with the surrounding tooth structure.
  • Dental veneers: In cases where cavities are extensive or cosmetic concerns are of importance, dental veneers may be a good option. Veneers are thin porcelain or composite shells custom-made to cover the front surface of teeth, concealing imperfections such as cavities, discoloration, or unevenness. Veneers are generally cosmetic, but they can also provide added protection to compromised front teeth.
  • Inlays or onlays: Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations made of materials like porcelain or composite resin. They are used to repair moderately damaged teeth, including cavities. The inlays or onlays fit precisely within the cavity or cover the tooth’s chewing surface. Inlays are placed within the tooth’s cusps, while onlays extend over one or more cusps.
  • Root canal: In cases where cavities have progressed to affect the tooth’s pulp (the innermost layer containing nerves and blood vessels), root canal therapy may be necessary to save the tooth. This procedure involves removing the infected or damaged pulp, cleaning the root canal space and sealing it to prevent further infection.

What to do if you suspect you have cavities

Cavities in your front teeth can compromise your oral health, appearance and self-confidence. Fortunately, there are plenty of effective treatment options to address this common occurrence, while preserving the natural look of your smile.

If you suspect you have a cavity in one of your front teeth, don’t hesitate to schedule a dental appointment with Fioritto Family Dental. We’ll evaluate your teeth and offer personalized treatment recommendations. Call today to schedule an appointment.