Help me keep my mouth healthy » Decay Detection
Having a preventative ethos at the practice, we recommend regular dental health checks as advised by your dentist at Smile Essential because detecting decay at an early stage can prevent excessive tooth damage and when cavities are small, they are much easier to treat.
Tooth Decay is a disease process of progressive destruction of tooth structure which requires the presence of plaque and sugar over a period of time.
Here at Smile Essential, tooth decay detection is the most important preventative dental care procedure to help to maintain good dental health. Decay detection is completely painless and is performed using powerfully lit magnification tools and a series of x-rays.
In its early stages, tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs and can often not cause any pain or sensitivity. Sometimes the tooth looks visually healthy, but by taking an x-ray of your tooth/teeth allows us to determine whether you have any decay under the enamel, any possible infections in the roots, or any loss of bone around the tooth.
X-rays can reveal decay damage under your tooth enamel, bone loss, and tooth root infection which you may be unaware exists. Tiny spots of decay can be determined through these exams and treated before any real damage is done.
Prevention is the key message and through regular exams, your dentist at Smile Essential can ensure that you avoid serious dental health problems and the extensive treatments they may require.
The most common places for decay can often start in children and adults in the areas between the teeth (and therefore one of the main reasons you should floss daily) and in the little pits and grooves on the chewing surface of the back teeth.
Usually, tooth decay can be treated by placing a tooth coloured or silver filling in the cavity. If left untreated, decay can eventually lead to the tooth dying and infection spreading under the root, causing a dental abscess. This may then need a root filling to treat the problem, or in some clinical situations extraction of the tooth resulting in the loss of the tooth.
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