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Tooth Decay (Cavities) in Melbourne CBD

dentist treating patientCollins Dental Image has a long, proud history in preventative dental care. In fact, we were one of the first practices in Melbourne CBD to establish a hygienist / oral health therapist -led preventative dental care program. Our experienced clinicians are focused on early intervention and prevention to help you and your family avoid issues like tooth decay which can lead to cavities and the need for fillings or other restorations down the track.

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.


What Is Tooth Decay?

Bacteria or acids from plaque can build up on teeth or along the gum line producing acids which erode 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 and hygienist / Oral Health Therapist 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.
  • Porcelain Inlays or crowns—to help reinforce a tooth very weakened by extensive decay
  • 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 and may be used to reverse early decay.

Book in Today

We strive to preserve a lifetime of smiles for you and your whole family. We also make getting the dental care you need convenient—we’re located in the heart of Melbourne CBD with validated parking nearby. Our no-wait guarantee means that you can pop in during your working hours and not worry about being late getting back.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Tooth Decay Melbourne CBD VIC | (03) 9650 6622