Decay and Cavities

Many different types of bacteria live in our mouths and build up on the teeth in a sticky film called dental plaque. When we eat and drink, these bacteria create acids, which can dissolve the protective layer beneath the retained plaque. The acid removes minerals from the enamel and can cause a cavity.

If left untreated, a cavity will cause the tooth to decay significantly. Eventually, uncontrolled decay may destroy the tooth completely. There is also the risk of developing an infection related to an abscess when the infection spreads to the root of the tooth.

In adults, Our team at The Cosmetic and Holistic Dentistry, can apply sealants on molars that have early signs of tooth decay, as long as the decay has not broken through the enamel. Once the enamel has been irreversibly compromised, we will have to fill the tooth. In more serious cases, a root canal may be necessary.

In children, both baby molars and permanent molars can be sealed. We can also apply fluoride varnish on both primary and permanent teeth to protect them from decay.