CAVITIES/ TOOTH DECAY
As kids, we were always scared into eating less chocolates by adults, after telling us about the cavities or holes that would form in our teeth. But these holes don’t just appear overnight. It is a gradual process of tooth decay that eventually results in cavities or holes in teeth. As scary as that is, there are treatments available that could help you once you encounter tooth decay or even cavity.
What causes tooth decay and cavities?
Our mouths are home to millions of bacteria; some of which are useful but some others are most definitely not. The bacteria usually mix with the food and drinks we consume and turn some of it into plaque. If you don’t practice dental hygiene, you give this plaque an opportunity to convert the sugar in your food into acid that slowly starts eating away at your teeth enamel. Once the enamel is completely weakened and broken down, your teeth start decaying and corroding and a cavity is thus formed.
Some groups of people are more susceptible to tooth decay than others, either because of their age (too young or too old) or because of certain medications they are on which reduces the saliva in their mouths (cancer treatments) or because of insufficient fluoride.
Treatments for tooth decay and cavities
Having proper dental hygiene is very essential for avoiding tooth decay and cavities. However, here are some treatment options that could help in case you already have some tooth decay or have developed a cavity:
- Fluoride treatment could help repair minimal tooth decay.
- Dental fillings could be done in case you have a cavity.
- A root canal might be needed if the damage is so severe that it has reached the root of your tooth.
- An extraction is sort of the ultimate option for a tooth that is decayed beyond repair and the only option left is to take it out completely and then either add an implant in the missing space or bridge the gap.
Depending on the extent of damage that your tooth or teeth have suffered, we, at PHI Clinic, will give you a treatment plan. Our procedures are holistic in nature where we not only offer clinical treatments, but we also help you understand the lifestyle and dietary changes you’d need to sustain the treatment plans, as well as prescribe medications when necessary.