What is Tooth Decay?
Updated: Apr 8
Tooth decay also known as cavities are permanent damage to the tooth structure caused by a combination of factors including bacteria in the plaque which is around the tooth, intake of sugary foods, not brushing teeth properly, dry mouth and poor oral hygiene.
The initial signs and symptoms start with mild to moderate pain and sensitivity on eating something hot or cold which later on become sharp pain possibly with visible holes or pits in your teeth. Sometimes black, brown or white stains can also be seen on the surface of teeth.
In children and teenagers, the formation of cavities is most commonly due to high intake of sugary drinks and beverages.
Treatment is necessary if you experience any toothache or sensitivity and you are advised to see the dentist as soon as possible. They will treat the existing cavities, and prevent them from developing further into larger cavities and necessitate further more invasive treatments like larger fillings or root canal treatments. Furthermore, any other initial cavities might also be detected and decay can be arrested.
Here at Artiste Studios we pride ourselves in helping you to take good care of your teeth which can help prevent tooth decay. Our professional dentists tailor individual treatment plans that help reduce decay and spot cavities early by scheduling regular oral examinations. In terms of treatments, to prevent the affected tooth from more damage, we remove decay and replace the lost tooth structure with aesthetic tooth coloured fillings usually made of composite. For extensive cavities, where there has been loss of greater tooth structure which necessitate stronger more protective solutions, we provide advanced options such as inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges.
In order to keep your teeth healthy throughout your lifetime, excellent oral hygiene and regular dental check ups are paramount. It is also important to know the impact of the diet that you eat daily on your oral health. Please do give us a call if you would like to book in for an oral examination and receive your own dedicated oral care advice today.