Tooth decay is a condition where germs and other sort of bacteria tend to attack the tooth and eat up its enamel causing decay. The common symptoms of tooth decay include excessive pain in the tooth followed with inflammation. Some individuals would also have trouble teeth sensitivity, especially having very hot and cold foods. Chipping teeth, weaker mouth movements, etc. are also signs of tooth decay.
HOW IS TOOTH DECAY DIAGNOSED?
Tooth decay is much easier and cheaper to treat in its early stages. Dentists can usually identify tooth decay and further problems with a simple examination or X-ray.
HOW IS TOOTH DECAY TREATED?
The treatment of Tooth Decay depends upon the severity of the decay and the treatment can vary from root canal, tooth extractions to fillings and fluoride treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cavities are a result of poor oral hygiene and retained dental plaque on the tooth surface. Specific bacteria in plaque cause decay. Different types of bacteria in plaque, retained near the gum line, cause gum disease to occur, which is a condition that the dentist and periodontist can help treat. Because cavities can penetrate deep into the tooth structure as far as the nerve, one may also experience sensitivity with certain foods and drinks.