Tooth Decay Detection in Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Charlbury Dental Practice
The Spendlove Centre, Enstone Road, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3PQ

Preventative Dentistry » decay detection

Tooth Decay is the process of progressive destruction of tooth structure in the presence of plaque and sugar over a period of time.

The most common places for decay to start in children and adults are between the teeth (and therefore one of the main reasons you should floss daily) and in the little pits and grooves on the chewing surface of the back teeth.

Early tooth decay is does not tend to show many physical signs and might be pain free, but the deeper the decay gets the more painful it becomes. If the decay carries on it can affect the tooth nerve causing serious pain and abscesses.

How can you detect tooth decay?

We can spot decay early with higher magnification and special lighting and show you the decay using our digital X-ray system.

X-rays can show early decay in between the teeth (the reason why routine x-rays are necessary every two years (as per the Royal College of Surgeons/Faculty of General Dental Practitioners’ (UK) guidelines). The digital x-rays we use reduce radiation exposure by up to four times that of conventional x-rays.

Decay in pits and grooves are more difficult to spot, mainly because a microscopic hole in the enamel can cause decay in the softer deeper part of the tooth.

How can tooth decay be treated?

Usually, decay can be treated by a filling in the cavity. If left untreated, decay can lead to the tooth dying and infection spreading under the root, causing an abscess. This may then need a root filling to treat the problem, or even an extraction resulting in the loss of the tooth.

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