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Tooth Decay (Cavities) in Melbourne CBD

dentist treating patientAt Collins Dental Image, our experienced dentists focus on providing you and your family with the preventive care you need to help prevent issues like tooth decay that can lead to cavities and the need for fillings or other restorations.

While regular checkups and cleans with our team help prevent problems, decay and cavities can sometimes occur. When that happens, we offer various treatment options to properly address the matter.

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What Is Tooth Decay?

Bacteria or acids from plaque can build up on teeth or along the gum line, eroding the tooth enamel and creating a hole, or cavity, in the tooth. Although proper oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing and regular professional cleanings, can help prevent the buildup of bacteria, other factors may contribute to the problem.

Your dentist will assess your specific situation to determine if issues like diet, saliva flow or underlying illness, including gum disease, need to be addressed.

Common Symptoms

In many cases, there are no symptoms until the cavity is quite large—so we like to see you regularly for checkups to catch problems before they escalate.

Some common symptoms of cavities include:

  • Toothache, spontaneous pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth

Treatment Options

After a thorough examination, your dentist will recommend the most effective treatment option for you, which may include:

  • Fillings—We use white or tooth-coloured materials to maintain your beautiful smile.
  • Root canals—A root canal may be necessary if the decay has spread inside the tooth to the root.
  • Tooth extractions—Our goal is to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. However, in some instances of advanced decay, an extraction may be the only option.
  • Fluoride treatments—Fluoride helps to prevent cavities by strengthening the tooth enamel.

Book in Today

We strive to make getting the dental care you need convenient—we’re located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, with a no-wait guarantee so you can pop in during your working hours and not worry about being late getting back.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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Tooth Decay Melbourne CBD VIC | (03) 9650 6622