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Dental Plaque

Dental Plaque at Peninsula Dental Frankston

Tooth Decay and Dental Plaque

If you notice a chalky white, yellow, brown or black holes or stains on your teeth or along your gum line, it’s likely you are suffering from tooth decay.

Sugar is the main cause of decay and it is found in many foods we eat and beverages we drink. Bacteria that have settled on a tooth thrive on sugar.

Unfortunately when bacteria and sugar get together a chemical reaction occurs that produces acid, which eats away at the enamel of the tooth leading to decay. Sometimes you may not notice any pain, other times you will suffer from mild sharp pains and tooth sensitivity.

If left untreated, the bacteria will continue to wear away at the enamel until it makes it way to the internal layer of your tooth (dentin) causing infection and swelling. By this stage you will feel more frequent pain and increased sensitivity. It is important to see a dentist at this point to stop the infection spreading.

If You Continue to Ignore It

The bacteria will infect the root canal of your tooth.

This stage of tooth decay will require a root canal treatment where the infected pulp is removed from inside the tooth and a thorough and careful clean and disinfectant is performed.

We then fill and seal the tooth and restore it with a crown or filling. However, if the damage is too severe, we may need to perform a tooth extraction.

Before we perform any treatment we ensure we thoroughly discuss and explain your treatment options as well provide you with preventative measures to reduce future risks.

We have years of experience treating tooth decay. Give us a call to find out more.