When teeth are not properly cleaned, bacteria create a clear, sticky substance called plaque. Plaque produces acid which attack the teeth. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.
A decayed tooth must be restored to prevent further damage. The most common materials that can be used for the restorations will be the amalgam fillings or tooth-coloured fillings. The dentist may advice you to choose one type of material over another after take in the considerations such as aesthetics, the severity of decay, and oral hygiene habits.
Enamel loss is a common component of tooth decay, and may result in tooth sensitivity. In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss will be significantly improved or completely eliminated once an appropriate dental filling material is placed. But in some cases, depending on the extent of tooth decay or damage, the affected tooth may require additional or alternative procedures, including:
* Dental Crowns: Teeth requiring more support than offered by a traditional filling may require a dental crown.
* Dental Implants and Dental Bridges: Irreparable tooth damage requiring tooth extraction may require an implant or bridge.
* Root Canal treatment: Infected, abscessed or nerve damaged teeth may require a root canal procedure.Book An Appointment