Decay Detection

Freedom Day

As the restriction ease on the 19th July 2021 our policy still remains that you always wear a face covering while inside the dental practice and only remove your mask at the request of the dental professional.

NHS appointments are in very high demand and we may be unable to offer appointments for non urgent treatment and waiting times for NHS treatments may be several weeks.

Decay may or may not cause discomfort; even though it doesn’t hurt, the tooth is deteriorating.

Cavities can develop from the biting surface of the tooth (occlusal surface) or from the surfaces between the teeth (interproximal surface).

 

Decay - Cervical

 

Decay - Occlusal

 

Decay - Interproximal

 

Using higher magnification and powerful lighting, it is easier to detect decay at an early stage to prevent excessive tooth damage. When cavities are small, they are much easier and less expensive to treat.  If decay is left untreated the nerve of the tooth may become infected and die. This may cause an abscess.

Early tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs. Sometimes the tooth looks healthy, but your dentist will be able to see from an x-ray whether you have any decay under the enamel or under existing fillings.