What is Nursing bottle caries? – Nursing Bottle Cavities Treatment
Nursing bottle cavities, also known as baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood caries, occur in infants and young children who frequently consume sugary liquids, such as milk, fruit juice, or sweetened beverages, from a sipper bottle – Nursing Bottle Cavities Treatment
The prolonged exposure to sugary liquids, especially at night or during naps, can cause bacteria in the mouth to produce acid that attacks and erodes the tooth enamel, leading to cavities or holes in the teeth. The upper front teeth are often the most affected, but other teeth can also be involved. The lower teeth are usually not affected as they get protected by the shelter from the tongue. At The Dental Solutions Thane, our team of specialized kid’s dentists provides Nursing Bottle Cavities Treatment. The information below will briefly discuss the options available at The Dental Solutions Thane.
Symptoms of Nursing bottle cavities – Nursing Bottle Cavities Treatment
- White spots on the teeth, which can be an early sign of enamel damage
- Brown or black spots or holes in the teeth, which indicate tooth damage
- Pain or sensitivity in the teeth, especially when eating, drinking, or brushing the teeth
- Swelling or redness of the gums
- Bad breath
- Persistent bad taste in the mouth
- Difficulty chewing the food
- Discoloration or yellowing of the teeth
- Fussiness or irritability during sleeping or eating time
Nursing Bottle Cavities Treatment
If the decay is detected early, a fluoride treatment may be recommended to help remineralize the affected part of the tooth and prevent further decay. Fluoride can be applied topically as gels, varnishes, or mouth rinses.
If the decay has progressed, the affected tooth may need to be filled with a dental material, such as composite resin or amalgam, to restore its function and shape. The dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the space with the chosen material.
In rare cases, if the decay has affected the pulp or nerve tissue of the tooth, pulp therapy, such as a pulpotomy or root canal, may be required to save the tooth.
In this procedure, the dentist removes only the diseased or decayed pulp tissue in the crown or upper part of the tooth, leaving the healthy pulp intact in the root canal. The remaining space is filled with medicated material to prevent infection and promote healing.
In this procedure, the dentist removes all of the pulp tissue in the tooth, including the roots, and fills the space with a biocompatible material. The tooth is then restored with a filling or crown to prevent further decay or damage.
If the decay is extensive and has weakened the tooth structure, a dental crown may be necessary to reinforce and protect the tooth. The crown is a cap that covers the entire tooth and can be made of various materials, such as stainless steel.
If the decay is too advanced and the tooth cannot be saved, extraction or removal of the affected tooth may be necessary. We may recommend space maintainers to prevent the shifting of adjacent teeth and maintain proper dental alignment.