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Dental Cavities in Brisbane CBD

man inspects his teeth in mirrorCavities are primarily caused by the combination of bacteria in the mouth, sugary or starchy foods and drinks, and poor oral hygiene. Caries form when the bacteria in the mouth produce acids that erode the tooth enamel, leading to small holes or cavities in the teeth.

There are different types of cavities, including occlusal (on the chewing surface of the teeth), interproximal (between the teeth), and root (on the tooth roots).

What to Watch for

Common symptoms of caries include

  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Visible holes or pits in the teeth
  • Tooth discolouration
  • Bad breath

The Importance of Prevention

Poor oral hygiene, including inadequate brushing and flossing, can contribute to the development of cavities. To prevent caries, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and limiting your intake of sugary or acidic foods and drinks. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are also crucial.

They Don’t Just Go Away

Early-stage cavities may be remineralised to some extent with good oral hygiene and fluoride exposure. However, advanced cavities typically require dental intervention.

It’s important to understand that caries cannot heal on their own. Once the tooth structure is damaged, it requires dental treatment to remove the decayed portion and restore the tooth.

If cavities are left untreated, they can worsen over time, leading to severe tooth decay, toothache, infection, and potentially tooth loss. In some cases, the infection can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious health complications.

Available Solutions

Treatment options for caries typically involve removing the decayed portion of the tooth and filling the cavity with materials. These materials (dental fillings) are used to restore the structure and function of a tooth after the removal of decay. They can be made of various materials, such as amalgam, tooth-coloured composite resin, gold, or porcelain.

In more advanced cases, a dental crown may be necessary.

The Importance of Regular Checkups

As prevention is better than cure, it is generally recommended to visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and professional cleanings. However, the frequency may vary depending on individual oral health needs.

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* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner such as a Specialist Oral Surgeon.

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