Providing Tooth Decay Treatments In Marina Rey and Surrounding Areas
Is your mouth in pain? Are you teeth rotting for no reason? Marina Del Rey dentist Dr. Scott Tamura performs tooth decay treatments throughout Los Angeles. Don’t let your tooth decay lead to infection or gum disease. Learn about the risks associated with tooth decay like how to treat tooth decay and how to prevent it.
There is a number of reasons why people suffer from tooth decay. Below is a detailed breakdown of what happens during tooth decay and the stages in which it progresses.
What are the Stages of Dental Decay?
Your tooth has two parts, the part above the gums is called the Crown of the tooth and the part below the gums is called the Root of the tooth.
The Crown is covered with a hard outer covering called Enamel. Inside of the Enamel is a soft organic core called Dentin.
Inside of the Root of the tooth is the Pulp. The pulp is made up of nerve tissue and blood vessels.
(1) Incipient Decay
When plaque builds up inside your mouth and is not brushed or flossed away, it will release acid which begin to dissolve away the enamel. This is the beginning (incipient) stages of a cavity. This is the ideal stage to see a dentist and have the small cavity removed and a filling placed. When a cavity is this small, you cannot feel it, so the only way you will know it is there is to see a hygienist or dentist on a regular basis when you are not feeling any pain. If you wait until there is pain before going to the dentist, it is usually too late.
(2) Deep Enamel Decay
If the cavity in your tooth is not removed, it will grow and get bigger over time. Because the Enamel is hard, it takes a while for the decay to eat its way through this external protective cover of the tooth. It is important to see a dentist and have the Enamel Decay removed before it hits the soft Dentin that is under the Enamel, because once it hits the Dentin, the decay will move rapidly towards the Nerve (Pulp) in the center of the tooth. At this point you may or may not feel any pain with your tooth. Always remember, absence of pain is NOT an indication that there are no problems with your teeth.
(3) Decay into Dentin
Once a cavity has breached the hard outer protective layer of Enamel covering your tooth, it will move very fast through the soft Dentin that surrounds the Pulp tissue. As the decay in your tooth enlarges and infects the Dentin, this is the point where you will usually begin to feels symptoms. Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweets and pain on biting will progressively get worse as the cavity gets closer and closer to the nerve.
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(4) Decay Infects the Nerve
The Nerve in the center of your tooth does not have the ability to heal itself once it becomes infected by decay. When the bacteria in the decay infect the nerve (Pulp), the nerve cells will begin to die. Dead cells, pus and infection will build up inside of your tooth causing a severe Toothache.
(5) Dental Abscess
As the dead cells, pus and infection build up inside of your tooth, they will begin to drain out of a hole at the end of the root. The body will try to wall off this infection to keep it from spreading into the blood supply (and from there, throughout the rest of the body). A tissue filled sac, like a water balloon will form around the infection. The sac at the end of your root that is filled with dead cells and toxins is called an Abscess. The Abscess will grow and grow as more toxic material drains from your infected tooth and will begin to put pressure on the gums and bone below the root of your tooth. You will feel this pressure as intense pain. As the Abscess grows you will begin to see swelling of the tissues, first inside your mouth and if not treated, eventually, your face will begin to swell. The infection that is inside of your tooth must be removed or your pain will become unbearable. There are two ways to remove the infection that is inside of your tooth. One is to extract the tooth, the other is to perform a Root Canal.