Tooth decay is one of the most common preventable ailments out there. The best thing to do if you suspect that you may have a cavity or more extensive decay is see your dentist. As with many health issues, the longer you leave decay, the worse it becomes.
How we detect tooth decay
We check for signs of dental decay as part of routine check-ups and examinations. During your appointment, your dentist will use advanced magnifying techniques and powerful lighting to look deep into the mouth to check for the earliest signs of decay. The sooner these are spotted, the higher the chance of a successful outcome. Cavities can be very difficult to spot in the early stages and our dentists use the latest detection techniques to increase the chances of spotting potential warning signs at the earliest possible opportunity.
We strongly recommend coming in for a routine check-up every 6-9 months. Regular appointments help to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease and enable us to treat any developing issues as quickly as possible.
Treatment for decay
If you have signs of decay, for example, you’ve been suffering with toothache, your tooth feels weak when you bite down or your teeth have been more sensitive than usual of late, we urge you to book an appointment as early as possible. When you come in for your check, we will have a good look at your teeth and discuss treatment options with you. If you have got a cavity, we usually recommend placing a filling to prevent bacteria from spreading and protect the tooth. Fillings are usually made from composite and resins, and they help to strengthen the tooth and reduce the risk of further infection. The procedure to fill a tooth can usually be completed within an hour and the tooth will be numbed first to prevent pain.