This is condition characterised mainly by tooth decay. Dental or tooth caries can be most commonly found in children. This condition affects the soft or hidden part of the tooth enamel which is usually tucked in the grooves of the teeth and is not that obvious to the naked eye. These caries then proceed to attack the tooth root, a process that is conducted by the action of acids where the enamel surface gets degenerated.
HOW IS DENTAL CARIES DIAGNOSED?
Your dentist will identify the condition during a regular dental check up. X-rays will then be conducted to identify the extent of damage and to plan the course of treatment.
HOW IS DENTAL CARIES TREATED?
Treatment typically depends on how serious the damage is. In most cases, the treatment will involve removing the decayed portion of the tooth and filling it with a filling material made of silver alloy or gold or even porcelain. Commonly composite resin is used as the filling material. Dental crowns may be used in case the tooth is badly damaged and not much of it remains.
DID YOU KNOW?
This condition mainly occurs when the daily remineralisation process of the teeth sees an imbalance.