Having a ‘rotten tooth’ is never a pleasant experience, as tooth decay can cause a variety of issues including tooth sensitivity, bad breath, infection and more. Even despite following a good oral hygiene routine, adults can still experience cavities. Most cases of tooth decay in adults occur between the teeth. This area is difficult to see, and cavities may not be visible to the eye. Therefore it is important to be aware of common symptoms, so that you can raise your concerns with your dentist during the early stages. With the right care and advice, you can avoid serious complications such as tooth loss and maintain a healthy smile for life. The team at Sydney Park Dental have the knowledge and experience necessary to diagnose and treat tooth cavities. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
1. Bad Breath
Bacteria within the mouth are responsible for causing cavities, and people with cavities will typically have an excessive amount of bacteria within the mouth. This can result in persistent bad breath or halitosis. Bacteria may become trapped within the cavities within your teeth, causing a peculiar odour. As one of the key indicators for tooth decay, bad breath should be investigated by your dentist at your earliest convenience. If tooth decay is present and treated in the early stages, a thorough clean and filling can help to resolve the issue quickly and cost effectively.
2. Tooth Discolouration
When teeth begin to darken, this can be an indicator for tooth decay. In the early stages of tooth decay you may notice small white demineralised spots, which will later progress into black spots as cavities develop. This can cause teeth to appear much darker, and it is possible that damage has occurred to the pulp, root and dentin of the tooth. Visit your dentist as soon as possible for a full examination. In severe cases, tooth extraction may be necessary in order to stop the spread of bacteria.
3. Loose Teeth
Tooth decay affects the enamel, dentin and pulp which help to support the teeth and keep them firmly in place. If you notice that your tooth appears loose, it is possible that this is due to decay or gum disease. Left untreated, your tooth may fall out due to a lack of support.
4. Increased Sensitivity to Hot/Cold
Your teeth have natural resistance to hot/cold temperatures, as they are coated in a layer of protective enamel. Bacteria can wear away the enamel, causing increased sensitivity when eating/drinking hot and cold food and beverages.
5. Change in Size or Shape of Teeth
It’s a good idea to examine your teeth on a regular basis, such as during your daily brushing routine. Any changes in the size or appearance of your teeth should be noted, as this could be a result of bacteria causing extensive damage. Initially you may notice that your tooth appears thinner, and if left untreated the overall size of the tooth may diminish as decay begins to spread.
Concerned About Your Teeth? Visit Sydney Park Dental Today
Dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay can go unnoticed, which is why it’s important to visit your dentist on a regular basis for routine examinations. If you have any dental concerns or suspect you might have a rotten tooth, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment at Sydney Park Dental today by calling 02 8084 7170. We look forward to seeing you soon.