Tooth decay can start when plaque produces an acid that eats away at your teeth. Plaque build-up on your teeth can cause this to happen. Other problems can also occur from plaque build-up, including dental caries and gum disease. Decay may not have any initial symptoms, but you may eventually experience pain, bad breath, and sensitivity when caries start to form. Preventing decay involves taking care of your teeth and seeing a dentist regularly. Advanced cases of decay might require teeth restoration treatment or ceramic dental implants.
What Is Tooth Decay?
Plaque is the main reason for decaying teeth. The plaque itself is the result of bacteria in your mouth, which forms a film over your teeth if not removed. When you drink sugary beverages and eat sugary food, the plaque bacteria use it as energy to keep building. This process also produces acid. As plaque builds up, the acid starts eating away at your teeth. Eventually, this process results in holes called cavities. Once you have cavities in your tooth enamel, the plaque bacteria can penetrate into the dentin. This area is softer than enamel and is much more susceptible to decay. If you don’t get treatment, the bacteria eventually get into the center of your tooth and may start causing pain as it affects the nerves.
Symptoms of Decay
Decay by itself may not cause any symptoms at all. It may be difficult to see beneath plaque build-up. However, when you start getting dental caries, you’ll likely start having some symptoms. Toothache is a common symptom and often alerts people that there’s a problem. Sensitivity is another common symptom. You’ll likely experience this when you’re eating or drinking foods that are hot, cold or sweet. You may also start seeing black, gray or brown spots on your teeth. Persistent bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth are common problems as well. It’s best to do something about decay in the earliest stages. If you start having these symptoms, you may want to make an appointment at the Nashville Dental Implant Center for restorative dentistry treatment.
Decay and rotting teeth is ultimately very preventable. There are a few different ways to do that. One is by keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep bacteria at bay. Use floss at least once a day as well. Cut down or stop smoking and drinking alcohol as these substances can erode your tooth enamel. It’s also a good idea to reduce sugary foods and drinks especially between meals or shortly before bedtime. Lack of saliva can also accelerate decay, so it’s important to see your dentist if you experience this. Finally, see your dentist on a regular basis to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
How To Treat Tooth Decay
Treating tooth decay depends heavily on how advanced it is. If you have early-stage decay, then your dentist may discuss your sugar intake and what time during the day that you eat. You may get fluoride treatments for your teeth as well. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, which helps protect it from plaque acids. If you have holes, then you might need to get a filling or a crown. This involves removing any existing decay and then filling the hole to further protect your tooth. If the decay has degraded the center of your tooth down to the root, then you may have to get a root canal treatment to remove it. If the damage on your tooth is extensive, then you may need to have it removed and replaced with an implant.
Contact Nashville Implant Center Today
Rotting teeth can be prevented by taking proper care of your teeth. We offer a number of services to help protect your oral health including:
At the Nashville Dental Implant Center, we provide a variety of dentistry services to restore your teeth. Call us at 615.436.5987 to start on the path to healthier and better-looking teeth today.