Once decay has started and a cavity has formed, it becomes necessary to treat it to prevent the process from extending further.
When decay is limited to enamel: Treatment at this initial stage is preventive in nature because it will stop the decay process from extending to deeper areas of the tooth. All that is necessary is a simple filling. It is usually painless at this stage. Your dentist will clean out the decayed part of enamel and fill the resulting cavity with either silver amalgam, or preferably, with the newer tooth coloured composite material.
When decay has extended to dentin: This may be painful after eating or with cold water. Food is likely to be lodged in the cavity. Treatment at this stage consists of a more extensive filling. It may be necessary to numb the area during treatment. One of the above materials may be used.
When decay has reached the nerve: Serve pain is the usual complaint. The invading bacteria cause the nerve of the tooth to become inflamed. Root canal treatment will be necessary at this stage if the tooth has to be saved. Infection reaches bone: The bacteria destroy the nerve and spread to the bone of the jaw. The bone is thus inflamed and infected. The infection may erode through the side of the bone into the mouth, face or neck to cause a swelling.
Stage 2 going to stage 3.Teeth, to tell you the truth I never loved you. Probably it’s because of you my smile always looks unnatural. Because of you, I spent a wealth to get you straight. Because of you, I spent hours at the dentists to make you free of cavities. Because of you, I have unneccessary receptions of pain. Because of you we are able to eat and talk normally. But also because of you, I’m going to suffer. Thank you so much, I “love” you.
God, this is one of the many things I wished it never existed.