Tooth Decay Becomes Visible If It Becomes Extensive
Posted on 12/21/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
If you let decayed teeth go, the decay begins to become visible after a while. That is why you need to treat small cavities as soon as they are diagnosed. The following information will explain why dental decay should be addressed immediately.
The 5 Stages of Decay
If decay is prevalent in the mouth, it can be easily noted and seen. In the first stages, you will not notice the decay, as it becomes progressive over time. In fact, a decaying tooth goes through 5 stages of decay. That is why you can easily see decay in the final stages. During the final stages, the teeth will exhibit brown, black, or gray areas. During the first stage, demineralization occurs, and the tooth will show a white spot. This spot appears as the result of mineral loss. When this happens, the enamel weakens and breaks down, which leads to the formation of a cavity. Next, if the cavity is left untreated, the decay spreads to the softer part of the tooth beneath the enamel. This is called the dentin. If it reaches this point, you may experience a good deal of sensitivity when you eat foods or drink beverages. After attacking the dentin, the decay moves onto the pulp, which typically requires root canal therapy. An abscess may form, full of pus, which needs to be drained.
When Decay is Obvious
While the first stage of decay (demineralization) is not noticeable and can be reversed, decay that is progressive is far more obvious. When the decay is left untreated, teeth, as noted, may take on a grayish hue or may show brown or black spots. Also, the breath can take on a foul odor because of gum swelling and the formation of pus. Not only is extensive decay noticeable visually, it also affects the patient's breath.
Don't allow tooth decay to get out of hand. Call us for regular dental care and exams. You can contact us easily by phone or online with any dental questions or concerns.
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