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Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity. It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss. When this occurs, a toothache is the most common symptom.

How is tooth decay treated ?

Treatment for tooth decay varies according to how severe the decay is.

  • Brushing and flossing with fluoride toothpaste and/or receiving fluoride treatments may be enough to reverse early decay, before cavities have formed.
  • You need a filling if a cavity has formed. A filling is a material that plugs the cavity hole and restores a tooth to its original shape after your dentist has removed the decay.
  • You may need a crown if the decay is severe and your tooth is badly damaged.
  • You may need a root canal treatment if the pulp of your tooth is infected. A root canal removes the diseased pulp of a tooth.
  • You may need your tooth taken out if the root of the tooth is severely damaged. You may need to replace the tooth with a bridge or an implant.