Decay Detection

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Following Government guidelines, the surgery has now reopened to provide all dental treatments.

If you answer YES to any of the below question prior to arrival for your appointment, please call the practice to rebook your appointment.

1. Do you have any of the following symptoms:

     high temperature or fever?

     new, continuous cough?

     a loss or alteration to taste or smell?

2. Have you or any member of your household/family had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 10 days

3. Are you or any member of your household/family waiting for a COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result

4. Have you travelled internationally in the last 10 days to a country that is on the government red list

5. Have you or any member of your household/family been advised to isolate by any NHS organisation in the last 10 days?

 

 

 

Decay may or may not cause discomfort; even though it doesn’t hurt, the tooth is deteriorating.

Cavities can develop from the biting surface of the tooth (occlusal surface) or from the surfaces between the teeth (interproximal surface).

 

Decay - Cervical

 

Decay - Occlusal

 

Decay - Interproximal

 

Using higher magnification and powerful lighting, it is easier to detect decay at an early stage to prevent excessive tooth damage. When cavities are small, they are much easier and less expensive to treat.  If decay is left untreated the nerve of the tooth may become infected and die. This may cause an abscess.

Early tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs. Sometimes the tooth looks healthy, but your dentist will be able to see from an x-ray whether you have any decay under the enamel or under existing fillings.