Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity when exposed to hot or cold temperatures, or sweet and sour foods? Your tooth may have decayed. Although this is a common issue, it is still mildly annoying and an uncomfortable sensation. It’s important that you get it checked as soon as possible as you may need a filling. Without treatment, dental decay can destroy your tooth and kill the nerves at the root, causing it to become infected. Don’t let it get to that stage: book an appointment with our friendly and qualified dentists at Dentists of Ivanhoe as soon as possible.
Dental decay is caused when bacteria in our mouth process the sugar in our food and drink which releases harmful acids that attack the enamel and dentine of a tooth, leaving it vulnerable to cavities.
There are three types of cavities that dental decay may cause:
The most common type in both children and adults, and is located between the teeth or on chewing surfaces.
As we age, our gums recede and that leaves parts of our tooth roots exposed. These exposed areas are susceptible to dental decay.
This cavity occurs around existing fillings and crowns, and plaque build-up is the culprit.
Your tooth will be cleaned, and then a composite resin material is crafted to replicate your tooth. In some cases, we may need to administer a local anaesthetic for a comfortable and anxiety-free visit.
Dental decay can spread fast, so if you have any signs or symptoms, contact Dentists of Ivanhoe today. We offer after-hours appointments and payment plans in a central location for your convenience.
In its early stages, dental decay doesn’t have a lot of symptoms. That’s why it’s important to stay vigilant and to contact your dentist if you experience any of the following: tooth sensitivity, floss tearing as you use it, a chipped or fractured tooth, dark spots appearing on a tooth, or throbbing or sharp pain when you chew your food.
If you fail to treat your dental decay in a timely manner, it can destroy your tooth and root. Once your tooth has become infected, the only way to treat it is with a root canal or extracting the tooth through surgery. Because dental decay doesn’t show symptoms until it is too late, it is a good idea to have regular dental check-ups to ensure your oral health is maintained at an optimum level.
To arrange a consultation with our dentists in Ivanhoe, or for any enquiries, please call our clinic today.