Decay may or may not cause discomfort; even though it doesn’t hurt, the tooth is deteriorating.
Are you suffering from tooth decay? Even if you do not think you are, sometimes problems with decay can go unnoticed. You may not suffer any pain and will get worse, the longer you leave it.
At Camden High Street Dental Practice, our dentists aim to help all patients by identifying the exact cause for tooth decay and trying to solve it as soon as possible. If the cavities are small, they can be treated easily at an affordable price and you will be at less risk of developing severe dental pain. Tooth decay can be detected by using powerful lighting and a higher magnification to identify the problem easily and prevent any more damage. Early tooth decay will not usually show any signs and symptoms even though your tooth may appear healthy. But the dentist can see from an X-ray if you have any decay below the enamel, any infections in the root or any bone loss around the tooth.
We would recommend you visit our dental practice for routine checkups in order to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our dentists.
The causes of tooth decay include poor oral health and sugary foods and beverages. The more sugar you consume, the more acid will be produced in your mouth that can cause decay and cavities. When sugar is combined with plaque and weakened tooth enamel, you will be more susceptible to tooth decay. Every time you eat sugary snacks, your teeth are exposed to further damage from acid for 20 minutes. It is extremely important that you know the proper way to care for your teeth and oral health. Some factors that contribute to tooth decay and cavities include:
You need to talk to your dentist about any uncomfortable symptoms you have, such as tooth pain or sensitivity. Your dental surgeons identify tooth decay after conducting an oral examination. However, there are certain cavities that can not be seen on oral assessment and it may be necessary to use a dental X-ray to identify some decay.
The treatment options will depend on the severity of the condition; there are several ways to treat a cavity.
The dentist may use a drill to remove decayed material from a tooth. He will then fill your tooth by using a substance such as gold, composite resin or silver.
If you have severe tooth decay, your dentist could place a customised cap over the tooth to replace the natural crown. He will then remove decayed tooth material before starting the treatment.
Your dentist will perform a root canal procedure to save your tooth when decay causes death of the nerves. He will remove blood vessel tissues, nerve tissue and decayed areas of the tooth. After this, he will be checking for infections and applying medication to the roots, when needed. Finally, he will fill the tooth and place a crown on it.
At the point that the decay gets larger, there may be signs and symptoms that include:
Tooth decay may occur if the acid is produced from plaque buildup on your teeth. If plaque is allowed to accumulate, then this may lead to further problems such as dental caries, dental abscesses that are the collection of pus in the gums or at the end of teeth or gum disease.
You will have to brush teeth at least two times in a day by using fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you brush after each meal and before going to bed. Don’t forget to clean in between the teeth daily with inter dental cleaners or dental floss.
A tooth cavity may lead to several complications if it is not treated. These may include development of a tooth abscess or ongoing toothache that may get infected and in the worst case can even lead to life-threatening complications like sepsis, if infection enters the bloodstream.