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Dental Decay

Tooth Decay

Dental decay or dental cavity is basically a hole in the tooth. It is caused by oral bacteria which digest food and produce acids. Such acids can “eat away” or “dissolve” your tooth, forming a hole. Dental decay often goes unnoticed until the tooth starts to feel sensitive to hot, cold or sweet, and sometimes gives a strong throbbing toothache which means the decay has reached and damaged the nerve.

Dental decay is a self-perpetuating disease, meaning that it definitely worsens over time. The bacteria responsible for rotting the tooth feed on leftover food and multiply rapidly. A decayed tooth starts off with mild sensitivity, to more intense pain to chew on, and leading to a full-blown throbbing toothache that keeps the person up all night. Sometimes the infection travels to other parts of the head and neck, resulting in facial swellings and airway compromises requiring hospitalisation! When decay reaches deep into the tooth, The nerve inside the tooth gets contaminated, and this tooth becomes severely compromised. To fully eliminate the pain, removal of the tooth or root canal therapy is required.
Dental decay is a common condition that affects one-third of the world’s population. Luckily it is a largely treatable disease, with many options available. Treatment options include: tooth coloured filling with resin composite or ceramic inlay/onlay, and possible root canal therapy followed by a full-coverage crown. Unfortunately, if the decay becomes too deep, an extraction may become possible.
As with most medical and health problems, prevention is better than cure. Since cavities are difficult to detect during its early stage of development, it is important to Visit your dentist every 6 months to have your teeth checked for any signs of decay. Good dental care and healthy eating habits at home in between your dental checkups are also essential to minimise decay development. At Hearts Dental, our dentists are highly experienced in restoring a sick decayed tooth back to health.

If you think you may have a dental cavity, do not wait for it to get worse. Call us today at (03) 9978 4869
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