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Tooth Decay: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

What is Tooth Decay? What causes Tooth Decay? What is the treatment of Tooth Decay? What are the symptoms of Tooth Decay? Is it possible to reverse tooth decay? What happens if you get tooth decay? How do you get rid of tooth decay?

What is Tooth Decay?

Dental caries commonly known as tooth decay. It is a condition that occurs after holes are formed in a tooth due to the cavity. Due to tooth decay person suffering from it could lose his teeth. In scientific words, we can say enamel which is the hard outer layer of teeth, its destruction due to bacteria, plaque and other acids causes tooth decay. A person affected from dental caries could face problems such as bad breath, difficulty in chewing and in worst cases it leads to tooth extraction.

What causes Tooth Decay?

Dental caries or tooth decay doesn’t only mean cavities. It is a bacteria that affects the outer layer of the teeth called enamel. It causes when food containing carbohydrates, sugar and starch remains in teeth, which turns it to bacteria and later due to combination with saliva this acids became plaque which affects enamel of the teeth and decay it. In condition of tooth decay one should avoid foods such as candy, cakes, soda, beverages, breads etc.

What is the treatment of Tooth Decay?

Whenever it comes to treatment of tooth decay it's been better to visit a dentist, he/she will examine you and gives treatment according to the condition of the patient. Its treatment depends upon the condition of the tooth and provides you treatment such as :

  1. Crowns - in case of weak teeth or extensive decay your dentist might suggest you for it. Which could be made of gold, resin, high strength porcelain or other materials.
  2. Root canals - when caries reaches to the pulp and you want to avoid extraction. You can go for root canal, a dentist will replace pulp with filling.
  3. Tooth implant - Sometimes dental caries is too much severe that it is better to remove teeth. In such cases, a patient can go for the dental implant. So that your missed tooth can get replaced.

What are the symptoms of Tooth Decay?

Dental caries also known as tooth decay has no symptoms in beginning, but when it becomes larger you can feel symptoms like toothache, tooth sensitivity, mild to sharp pain due to eating or drinking something cold or hot, pain when you bite some food, black-brown or white staining on any surface of the tooth, bad breath and in some cases an unpleasant taste in mouth could also lead to tooth decay. Which could be caused by bacteria, saliva, acid, food particles, beverages etc.

Is it possible to reverse tooth decay?

There are many process in which you can reverse cavities naturally by following few procedures such as

You need to take care of what you eat - check the food you eat and calculate the amount of sugar and carbs you intake.

  1. Intake of vitamins - make sure you are getting enough vitamins like A, D, E and K.
  2. Intake of minerals - calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
  3. Supplements to support teeth - oral probiotics, collagen, vitamin K2, vitamin D3 etc
  4. Don’t over brush your teeth.
  5. Check for an imbalance of hormones.

What happens if you get tooth decay?

Caries also known as decay is a result of high sugar and carbohydrate food. Which later produced a plaque that affects tooth enamel. It could also lead to gum disease or dental abscesses. In a case, If someone is suffering from tooth decay then they could face symptoms such as bad breath, grey, brown or black spots on teeth, toothache, sensitivity and bad taste in mouth as well. In such situation, one must visit their dentist.

How do you get rid of tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by the attack of acids and bacteria on enamel. It could be prevented by stopping the cause of decay. People suffering from tooth decay needs to understand the factors of cavities. Which are -

  1. Dry mouth
  2. Medical condition that reduces the amount of saliva in mouth
  3. Bad oral hygiene of the mouth
  4. Bedtime infant feeding
  5. Heartburn
  6. Excessive eating of sugary foods etc are few factors are needed to be understood.

If you want to get rid of tooth decay then you should need to take care of all the factors. Apart from that, you can use alternatives which can help you to get rid of tooth decay are -

  1. Use of sugar-free gum.
  2. Intake of Vitamin D.
  3. Brush with fluoride toothpaste.
  4. Oil pulling once in a month gives a better result.
  5. In case of severe condition, you can take help of dentist who might suggest you few treatments like extractions, crowns, filling, canals etc.

Popular Questions & Answers

I hav tooth decay how I can make my teeth btr again. Day before yesterday I got tooth ache n my cheek was swollen.

Dentist, Vadodara
You might need to get some medicines for the swelling to get rid from the pain. Contact your dentist nearby.

Dear sir which is the best tooth paste to fight tooth decay and dental cavity and what are the ways I can remedy iy.

Dentist, Pali
All the toothpaste are available in the market are good except ayurvedic pastes which I do not prefer. Just you need to concentrate on your brushing twice a daily. And if you feel sensitivity in your teeths while having hot and cold things then yo...

Hi, I am 28 years old, I am suffering from tooth decay, I took antibiotics "amoxil" but the pain won't go away, I have a severe toothache now, which antibiotic should I take and how much?

Dentist, Delhi
1st you have to see which tooth it is then if the condition has got worsened then one has to go for iopa first to see how much deep infection has gone and if needed then rct is the only solution in that case with crown. Thanks.

After 2 years of rct teeth decayed totally now it can not be reversed by filling and now it reached through pulp and tooth broken. And other extraction technique will be expensive then what I have to do to save my teeth to be infected.

Dentist, Mohali
If the tooth has to be extracted without any other option left then go for extraction to prevent repeated infection and pus formation. Tooth extraction charges can never be expensive than your desire for overall well-being of your own body. So go ...

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