Dental decay is a serious issue. If left untreated, it can become a serious threat to your dental hygiene and cause you a lot of pain.
Tooth fillings can be used to help solve this problem, and help you achieve your perfect smile.
Could you need a tooth filing? To help you find out, we’ve put together this guide on dental decay and tooth fillings.
Simply put, dental decay is the process of sugary food dissolving teeth.
Whenever sugars in the food we eat and drink react to the bacteria in plaque, it forms acids that soften and dissolve the enamel and dentine of a tooth. The acid is eventually neutralised though natural salts in your saliva, but can attack your teeth for up to an hour after eating and drinking.
Overtime, the sugary food will make a cavity (hole) in the tooth. There are three types of cavities dental decay can cause:
Without treatment, dental decay can destroy your tooth and kill the delicate nerves at its centre. It can also cause the area at the root tip to become infected. Once this part is infected, it the tooth can only be treated with root canal, surgery or by extracting the tooth.
If the decay is not too serious, it can be removed. The tooth can then be restored with either a white or silver filling. The silver fillings contain mercury, while the white fillings are made from a durable white material that matches the colour of your teeth.
If caught early enough, sometimes dental decay can also be treated with a fluoride varnish to help stop more decay.
Unfortunately, dental decay does not have a lot of symptoms in its early stages.
However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your dentist for a consultation.
It’s important to understand that even if you don’t have any of these signs or symptoms, you can still be at risk of dental decay.
Dental decay dissolves your teeth, creating cavities. If left untreated, it can lead to serious dental hygiene problems, infections and may even require surgery to fix. Tooth fillings are used to treat dental decay in common cases, but your dentist will be able to tell you if you need fillings or not.
Dental decay spreads fast, so if you have any signs or symptoms contact your dentist as soon as possible. Unfortunately, dental decay doesn’t always have symptoms until it’s too late, so it’s important that you go for regular check-ups.
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