Decays can happen due to several reasons:
- Over consumption of sugary food or drinks
- Poor oral hygiene
- Not flossing
- over consumption of fizzy drinks
- Deep grooves on teeth that have not been sealed
When there is a cavity (decay) in one of your teeth, it means restricted infection on that tooth that can get bigger by feeding from the food you consume or the tooth structure itself.
the decay is basically a gathering of germs and bacteria eating through your tooth. The first step would be to fill the cavity not to let it grow any further. Next step, if untreated would be the infection reaching the nerve of the tooth, which means pain!!
nerve is what feeds your tooth and what gives it sensation if infection reached the nerve there is only two options left:
- Root Canal Treatment
- Extraction (regarding extraction read: https://gorgeoussmiles.com.au/tooth-extraction/ )
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is the procedure of taking the infected nerve of the tooth out and cleaning the canals which are now empty then filling them with biocompatible materials.
The first stage would be diagnosis of the infection that has reached your nerve. the symptoms usually are:
- Continuous pain
- pain when having hot or cold
- pain on pressure (biting or chewing)
Your dentist will check the tooth for signs of infection and then will advise you that the only options left would be extracting the tooth or Root canal because the infection that is in the canals of the tooth will spread and can harm your body on different ways. After a while if you ignore the signs and pain, the tooth can become painless as it will die but the infection will continue to spread.
During first stage of root canal the dentist will find the canals of your tooth, clean and disinfect them. At Gorgeous Smiles, we place an antibiotic paste in the canals so the pain and infection would heal by next time we see you.
the second and third appointments (if you need 2-3 appointments) would be cleaning some more, making sure there is no bacteria left in the canals and filling them with a biocompatible material. The top of the tooth will be filled too. Because the tooth has lost a lot of it’s important structure there is a big chance it breaks so you need to place a crown or cap on this tooth.
Read more about crowns: https://gorgeoussmiles.com.au/our-services/dental-crowns/
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