Treatment for tooth decay and rotten teeth in Oakleigh
Visiting the dentist and keeping your teeth and gums free of plaque by regular brushing and flossing is your safeguard against tooth decay. Limiting your intake of sugar, sugary drinks and sports drinks will also slow down the process.
If you notice that your teeth are changing colour then a visit to our Oakleigh dental practice should be a high priority. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to rotten teeth, infected gums and loss of teeth.
FAQs About Tooth Decay Treatment
Tooth decay is when the exterior of the tooth (enamel) and the tissue immediately under it (dentine) gets broken down. The end result is a hole in the tooth (cavity).
The main cause of tooth decay is when the bacteria in the mouth (dental plaque) start to consume the sugars in the mouth (from food which we eat). This results in the formation of acids which dissolve the tooth enamel.
Tooth decay is initially pain free and appears as white spots and specks on the enamel layer of the tooth. If untreated, these spots can darken over time as the bacteria continues to wear away the tooth. Eventually the enamel is so weak that it breaks away and becomes a cavity. Although tooth decay itself is not painful, it can lead to sensitivity, brittle teeth and tooth rot, which can all become painful and/or irritable.
Yes, if it is detected in the early stages when the initial lesion is within the enamel of the tooth. This is why regular check-ups, x-rays and good hygiene are important for prevention. Good flossing, brushing and use of mouthwash as directed by the dentist will help.
Other than regular brushing and flossing, the best way to prevent tooth decay is through having regular dental visits so that any white spots can be picked up at an early stage. Without treatment, tooth decay will lead to larger cavities, which are sensitive to temperature and sweets. Cavities can further worsen to cause an infection in the tooth which will require root canal therapy.