World-Class Tooth Decay Treatment in New South Wales

We all know that tooth decay is the most common dental condition experienced by Australians. Most people think of root canal treatments, fillings and painful cavities when they hear the words ‘tooth decay’, but what most people don’t know is that decay is best addressed through preventive dentistry. At WiSE Dental, the first step towards preventing cavities is spreading awareness and educating parents about the early signs of decay in children’s teeth.

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Decay In Children’s Teeth

The best way to protect your children’s teeth is to have them visit a dentist every six-months for a routine checkup. Your dentist can spot early signs of tooth decay and treat them before they become serious and require invasive and expensive procedures.

As a parent, if you notice any of the following symptoms in your child, it is possible that they have a cavity or infected tooth:

  • Your child complains of a toothache, or experiences pain while consuming hot or cold foods
  • Swelling of the gums
  • Persistent bad breath even after brushing their teeth
  • White, grey, brown or black spots on or around teeth

What Causes Tooth Decay?

The human mouth is an environment that is extremely conducive to bacterial growth. Although we are conditioned to fear all bacteria, the truth is that a healthy mouth is home to a balanced colony of bacteria that work together to ensure oral health. The problem arises when certain bad bacteria begin to thrive and upset the delicate balance.

Tooth decay is caused by bad bacteria that thrive on food debris and plaque that hides in hard to reach parts of the mouth. Over time, these bacteria break down the organic matter they come across and release strong acids that erode the enamel, which is the protective outer layer of the tooth. Once the enamel is compromised, acids and bacteria enter the tooth and start eating away at the middle layer (dentin) and finally reach the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The longer the tooth decay is left untreated, the deeper into the tooth it goes, making the problem worse.

How Is Tooth Decay Treated?

At WiSE Dental, we make every effort to spot early signs of tooth decay. During a regular check up, minor tooth decay can be treated using fluoride treatments, however, if the decay has eaten through the enamel, we may recommend:

  • Quality fillings that fill the hole caused by the cavity and restore its original shape
  • A dental down if the decay has damaged a significant portion of the tooth
  • Root canal therapy if the pulp of the tooth has become infected
  • In the most severe cases, a tooth extraction followed by replacement with a bridge or implant.

Dental Clinic For Fillings, Implants and Dental Crowns in NSW

If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of tooth decay, contact WiSE Dental immediately. Our dental team uses the latest dental tools and techniques to provide quick, painless and effective tooth decay treatments.