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Tooth Decay Treatment Cheltenham

Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of tooth loss.

Holes form because of bacteria from food particles left when you don’t brush your teeth properly.

Cavities start as small spots and gradually spread and become bigger if left untreated. Cavities don’t cause pain until they worsen and spread to other parts of the tooth.

Tooth Decay Cheltenham

Tooth Decay Symptoms

The symptoms of tooth decay depend on their extent and location in the mouth. When a cavity is small, you may not experience symptoms at all.

As the damage gets bigger, it may cause the following conditions:

  • Prolonged and/or occasional toothache
  • Sensitive teeth causing pain or an unpleasant feeling when eating, drinking, or experiencing a temperature change
  • Eating sweets causes pain
  • Visible dark spots on your teeth
  • Bad taste or breath

When to See the Dentist

Visit your Cheltenham dentist at least twice a year, so the early symptoms of tooth decay can be treated immediately, and the prevention of further decay can begin.

Tooth decay is much easier and cheaper to address when addressed early.

Your Cheltenham dentist can spot tooth decay and further problems with a simple examination or X-ray.

Treatment for Tooth Decay

For adults, your Cheltenham dentist can apply fissure sealants on teeth that have early symptoms of decay, as long as the decay has not reached the teeth enamel.

Once the decay has become significant, your Cheltenham dentist will have to fill the affected tooth.

In more serious cases, a root canal treatment may be needed.

For young patients, temporary and permanent molars can be addressed with fissure sealants.

Your Cheltenham dentist can also perform fluoride treatments on both temporary and permanent teeth to protect them from cavities.

Tooth Decay Prevention Cheltenham

Tooth Decay Prevention

Although tooth decay is common and can be irreversible, it can be prevented.

Limit your sugary and starchy food and beverage intake between meals or an hour before sleeping.

Take care of your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth with fluoride-containing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day, and floss at least once daily.

Visit your Cheltenham dentist regularly. Your Cheltenham dentist will decide how often you need to visit based on the condition of your mouth, teeth, and gums.

Tooth Decay Treatment in Cheltenham

Tooth decay could cause any dental problems if left ignored.

With effective treatments offered at Dentist On Warrigal Cheltenham, you can get escape the tooth decay nightmare in no time!

For tooth decay treatment in Cheltenham, contact us on (03) 9583 5506 or request your appointment online.

We are located at Suite C, 151 Centre Dandenong Road in Cheltenham.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in plaque feed on the sugars in your food, producing acids that can damage the teeth. The acid erodes the tooth enamel before decaying the dentin.

If left untreated, the acid will spread to the nerves, damaging them. Tooth decay can lead to infection and, worse, tooth loss.

What type of foods can cause tooth decay?
Eating excessive sugary and/or processed foods, especially those that stick to your teeth, can cause tooth decay.