What is it?
Dental caries or dental cavities or tooth decay is a condition that involves permanent damage to the tooth. This is a result of breakdown of the enamel of the tooth due to acids made by bacteria.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of dental caries are:
- Tooth sensitivity.
- Visible holes on the tooth.
- Visible discoloration of the tooth which can be brown, black or yellow.
- Pain when biting.
What to expect?
If you are diagnosed with dental caries, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your dentist:
- Some patients with dental caries may undergo some dental procedures. Is the same case with you? If so, what management options does your dentist recommend?
- Once treatment is successful, what ways should you do to lessen the build up of dental caries and prevent gum disease?