Decayed teeth can be both unsightly and uncomfortable, yet there are several effective treatment options available to help restore your smile.
Tooth decay (also called caries) is caused by acid-producing bacteria attacking the enamel on the tooth’s surface; if left untreated, the decay reaches the inner tooth where it attacks the nerve. The first sign of decay is usually a chalky white spot. This may become brown before eventually turning into a cavity.
The main symptoms of decayed teeth are:
- Discoloured teeth
- Foul-smelling breath
- Hot/cold sensitivity
- Jaw pain
If your teeth are decayed it is important to identify and eliminate the cause, and repair the damage. This will not only improve your overall dental health, but also your mouth’s functionality and aesthetics.
Here at Advanced Dentistry we offer a range of treatment options for decaying teeth on a sliding scale; our recommendation will largely depend on the extent and location of your tooth decay.
Advanced decay in a single tooth may be treated with a filling (of tooth-coloured composite resin, porcelain or gold). Direct composite fillings and sometimes porcelain veneers are ideal for restoring decayed or discoloured front teeth, especially if you would like a ‘smile makeover’ at the same time.
Extensive tooth decay may require a root canal treatment to remove the damaged nerve and surrounding pulp, before the tooth is sealed with a crown.
If some teeth are so decayed that they cannot be saved, they may need to be removed. In this case, dental implant crowns are usually the best solution, although fixed bridges may also be suitable to fill the gaps and support chewing. If all your several teeth have to be extracted and replaced this can be done with fixed crowns and bridges or dentures over dental implants.