Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can in most cases be halted and reversed with a professional cleaning, some changes to lifestyle and a good oral hygiene plan.

Unfluoridated teeth are extremely vulnerable to tooth decay.

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is caused by specific plaque bacteria that thrive in an acidic and sweet environment.

Decayed teeth are treated with dental restorations or extractions.

Small cavities commonly begin in grooves, cracks and between teeth. Most patients are unaware of their small and medium size cavities. Large cavities can become painful and eventually cause nerve damage and ultimately catastrophic tooth failure.

How is it Treated?

Regular assessment of the health of tooth structure under magnification and with the aid of dental X-Rays allows for the early detection of tooth decay and simple treatment. Regular Dental examinations of this nature may prevent the need for the management of pain, a dental emergency and expensive treatment.

Teeth with large dental cavities are usually restorable but will need advanced restorative care.

Occassionally the decay is so advanced the tooth needs to be extracted and replaced with dental implants or bridges.