Stop cavities in their tracks, without breaking the bank! Our new Cavity Management Program was designed to help patients access treatment for their cavities, and learn to prevent future problems. It's also a great solution for cavities in baby teeth and those with medical conditions or illnesses that prevent them from accessing standard filling treatments.
Introducing the Cavity Management Program
Citizen Dental Hygiene is introducing a new service for patients with cavities. A low-cost, pain free option for stopping a cavity in its tracks and preventing further damage to the tooth, root, and bone structure. In two simple treatments, a patient’s cavity will be cleaned and filled using the Arrest Advantage system developed by Oral Science. This product is intended to be used as a way to postpone getting a filling for a cavity, protecting the enamel and preventing the cavity from growing. It can also be a great alternative for baby teeth in children, or for those with medical conditions or issues that affect the ability to complete a regular dental filling. Our hygienists have been specially trained to use the product to achieve the best results.
What is a cavity, and why should I get it fixed?
A cavity is simply a hole. Holes are formed because of acid erosion - which you can learn more about in this blog post. These holes aren’t always in spaces that are visible to us, and may even be small enough that we can’t see them when we are looking at our own teeth in the mirror. Cavities are very common. Almost 60% of 12-19 year olds have or have had a cavity. Although cavities are largely preventable, 96% of adults have a history of cavities. Cavities need to be filled in order to save the tooth from developing an abscess, or damaging the nerve. A cavity left untreated can result in the need for a costly root canal or tooth extraction.
Fillings are usually done by a dentist to treat a cavity. This course of treatment can be prohibitively expensive, and require freezing with local anesthetic. This new cavity treatment will allow the patient to delay getting a proper filling, keeping the tooth safe from further decay.
How is it different than a filling?
A filling is done by first removing the decayed tooth material, cleaning the affected area, and then filling the cleaned out cavity with a filling material that matches the tooth. Fillings can last up many years. Sometimes, however, fillings can be rejected by our teeth or fall out. It completely depends on the location, size, and individual person. A filling is a surgical procedure on your tooth, that can only be done by a dentist.
Arrest Advantage is different because it is a liquid silver diamine fluoride that is painted onto the tooth, and can be done by one of our trained dental hygienists at a fraction of the cost of a filling. There is no need for freezing, no pain, no pinch. It settles into the cavity, clearing away any bad bacteria through its antimicrobial properties, and hardens to seal the hole off to protect the tooth.
It is recommended that the Arrest Advantage is used primarily as a way to protect the tooth in the meantime of getting a filling done. It is not recommended as a permanent solution to the cavity problem like a filling is. The idea is that this low-cost treatment can be done to prevent the tooth from further decay, while the patient makes plans to permanently fix the tooth.
How does it work?
The cavity management program consists of three parts: education, initial treatment, and follow up treatment. Once a cavity diagnosis is confirmed, we will first discuss best practices based on your individual needs to avoid cavities in the future. After that, we can get straight to the first treatment. It takes about 5 minutes, and requires no needles or freezing. It is painted onto the cavity by your dental hygienist and dried. Then, in approximately 3 weeks, we will have you return for another quick appointment to apply a second layer of the solution. This will also only take a few minutes. And that’s it. Really, that’s it!
What’s the catch?
Unlike a filling, the Arrest Advantage product makes a black spot on your tooth where the treatment is done. If it is done in an area in your mouth where it won't be seen, this may not be a problem. It maybe be a problem if it’s on a main front tooth and can be seen. Maybe you don’t care at all and just want to ensure your tooth is healthy!
Who should chose to have an Arrest Advantage treatment over a filling?
We believe this will help many of our patients achieve a healthier smile within their comfort zone and means. This would be a great option for:
A cavity in a baby tooth: For baby teeth - it’s still important to fill cavities! A cavity in a baby tooth will affect the adult teeth coming in below it, as well as the bone levels in their jaw.
Those who need time to save money for a proper filling: This treatment can hold your tooth strong and healthy until you can save for a proper filling down the road. Sometimes, oral health problems surprise us out of nowhere, and many Calgarians don’t have insurance or savings on hand to pay for the procedure.
Those who are allergic to anesthetic: No anesthetic is needed in this procedure, so you can have a pain-free treatment for you cavity. It doesn’t last as long as a filling, but is better than nothing.
Those who have fears of needles or dentists: No needles, and no dentist. Just you, and your dental hygienist with a tiny paint brush. Kids and adults can be very uncomfortable around needles, so this would be a great alternative for them!
Great! Call in to see one of our hygienist and let them know you are interested! We would like to have recent x-rays (within 6 months) to be able to diagnose the cavity properly. It will take two appointments, we will schedule them both when we start you on our cavity management program. You only pay one payment at the first appointment.
The initial treatment of up to 5 cavity treatment areas during the two appointments is $125. Any additional cavity treatment areas are $15. Every year until the area is more permanently filled by a dentist, or the tooth is shed naturally, you will need to come in to have the area re-treated, which will cost $50. It is advised that patients see a dental hygienist every 6 months for a cleaning and check up to make sure the treatment is holding properly and prevent further cavities from developing.
You can connect with us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 403-457-0250.