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Tooth decay is also called dental caries and causes cavities or holes to develop in teeth. It is one of the most common dental problems worldwide, most often affecting children and teens, and older adults. However, anyone with teeth, including infants, can get tooth decay.
Without treatment, tooth decay will worsen, and the cavity will deepen, eventually affecting the innermost part of the tooth called the pulp. A deep cavity can cause severe infection and toothache and may ultimately cause tooth loss.
When a cavity just begins, it can cause very few if any signs at all. When tooth decay worsens, symptoms can include:
Tooth decay develops when plaque, a clear sticky film that contains bacteria, begins to form over tooth surfaces and isn’t removed regularly by brushing and flossing your teeth. The bacteria in plaque feed off sugars and starches and create acid that removes minerals from your tooth enamel, causing acid erosion. As tooth enamel gradually erodes, it creates tiny holes in the enamel, which are the first signs of tooth decay.
Gradually, the holes become larger penetrating beyond your tooth enamel and into the next layer of your tooth, which is called dentin. Dentin is much softer than enamel and more easily damaged by acid. It consists of tiny tubules that lead directly to the tooth nerve, which is why a tooth becomes increasingly sensitive as a cavity deepens.
As the cavity gets progressively larger, it eventually reaches the pulp. Consequently, the pulp becomes swollen, inflamed, and infected by the bacteria. As the inflamed tissue swells, the nerve becomes compressed, causing discomfort and pain.
Anyone can get tooth decay, but certain factors increase the risk:
We can diagnose tooth decay by examining your teeth and checking for soft areas that can indicate enamel erosion. Dental x-rays show the depth and size of cavities in the tooth. Treatment depends on the size of the cavity. Treatment options include:
Do you have any questions about tooth decay treatment in Queens, NY? Would you like to schedule an appointment with the best dental specialists of Gentle Dental, please contact our Bayside office for a consultation at (718) 461-0100.
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