Why am I getting tooth decay?

Tooth decay, or dental caries, can be the result of a combination of:
  • A high sugar or acidic diet
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Crowded or impacted teeth.
Decay can grow and form a cavity, or hole, in your tooth

What needs to be done about tooth decay?

It is at this point, that a tooth-coloured resin composite filling might be suggested so that your dentist can remove the decay and restore the tooth. For teeth that have become substantially broken because of tooth decay, a more long-term solution can be a crown or onlay.

However, if the decay has progressed further closer or even into the dental pulp and is causing pain, a filling may not be enough to remove the pain. In this case, you may need root canal treatment to save the tooth. If the decay is too extensive and the tooth becomes too damaged, you unfortunately may need an extraction instead.

Whatever treatment is required, we are here to provide quality dental treatment - contact as soon as you think there might be a problem and we are here to help.

And of course, as you will often hear our dentists say, prevention is better than cure. We will always advocate good oral health, so that involves twice daily brushing, flossing once a day and limiting sugary and acidic foods.

Think you might have tooth decay?

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