Management of dental problems
depends, of course, on the nature of the problem:
- Teeth with cavities
are sealed, filled, capped, or crowned.
- Partial dentures
or a bridge can be created to replace missing teeth, or a full set of dentures
can be fabricated.
- A newer but more
expensive option to replace missing teeth is to implant individual false teeth
by anchoring them permanently into the bone of the jaw. This option is
cosmetically and functionally superior but presents certain risks, such as infection
and implant failure.
disease is treated with antibiotics, a thorough removal of plaque buildup using
a process called scaling, and root planing to smooth the surfaces of tooth
roots so that plaque cannot easily adhere to them. Sometimes the gums are
peeled back first to expose more of the root for planing. This procedure is
called flap surgery. Occasionally bone or tissue grafting is needed to treat
periodontal disease, or methods to encourage tissue regeneration may be
- Cancers of the
mouth and throat, like other cancers, are treated by an oncologist with
surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of those options.
Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
: Jennifer Monti, MD, MPH
This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the care and information received from your health care provider. Please consult a health care professional with any health concerns you may have.