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What Are The Symptoms of Tooth Decay?

We always talk about prevention as the best tool to avoid oral diseases. But once the most common of them, tooth decay, appears in your mouth, the best way to eliminate it is to visit your dental clinic. This article will explore the origin, symptoms, and treatments that you can pursue in reversing tooth decay.

What Are The Origins Of Tooth Decay?

Before we see how to fight it, let’s see what caries is, why it appears and its possible symptoms. A multitude of bacteria naturally inhabit the human body, most of them harmless and, many of them, necessary for our body. In our mouth, when eating, bacteria and food debris end up gathering on the surface of the teeth and forming dental plaque. If it is not removed, it ends up attacking the enamel on the surface of the tooth. From then on, if it is not treated, it will advance attacking the tissues, more and more deeply, producing cavities

Thus, we can define caries as an oral disease characterized by the destruction of the tissues of the dental pieces as a consequence of the demineralization caused by the acids generated by the bacterial plaque.

What Are the Symptoms of Tooth Decay?

The symptoms of caries can be multiple: discomfort or pain in the teeth; bad breath or bad taste in your mouth; tooth sensitivity; changes in tooth color; appearance of perforations in the teeth, dental abscesses and infection; and even breakage of the pieces. If any of them appear, the smartest thing is to go to the dental clinic for a professional to assess your situation.

How Do you treat tooth decay?

In caries treatments, the specialist will work two planes. On the one hand, he will eliminate the causes that have produced it and the tissues that have been affected by it. On the other, if necessary, it will restore or replace the affected part or teeth.

Some of the most common methods of treatment include the following:

When the dentist informs you that you have cavities, it may happen that it is in an incipient stage. In this case, fluoride treatment can help restore tooth enamel and sometimes paralyze the disease’s progression.
Dental Fillings
If tooth decay is in a more advanced stage, the dentist will recommend a restoration or filling. This can be done with materials such as resins of the same color as the tooth and porcelain.
When tooth decay has spread so much that it has weakened the dental piece, the dentist can recommend the placement of a crown, better known as a “cover”. It is a custom coating that completely replaces the natural crown of the tooth. Before placing it, the specialist will remove any remaining damaged tissue to ensure that the problem does not reproduce. These crowns can also be made of various materials: porcelain, resin and metals.
Once thecaries has reached inside the tooth, it is necessary to do a root canal. As we have already explained in other posts, it is an alternative to extraction carried out in by specialists trained specifically for this: endodontists. It is a procedure that is performed withlocal anesthesiain whichthe infected tissueisremovedfrom the inside of the tooth and replaced by an inert material, so that the infection ends and the tooth is numbed, keeping it.
In some cases, tooth decay is so severe that there is no option to save the affected part and it must be removed, with the risk that the other teeth move. If this is your case, do not worry, you can always choose to make a bridge, put on an implant that replaces the extracted piece.

Need a Dentist? Contact Amin Salvi Dental!

If you have any additional questions about tooth decay please don’t hesitate to contact Amin Salvi Dental today! We offer a dental office in Rancho Cucamonga and a dental office in Corona, CA!

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The last few months have been challenging for all of us. We have missed seeing you, chatting with you, sharing stories with you and laughing with you. We are SO excited to finally be able to invite you back to our office!

As you already know, Amin Salvi Dental does not cut corners on safety and technology. We have always prided ourselves in exceeding the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for infection control measures. During this closure, we decided to go above and beyond that by adding further safety measures, which have been outlined below. The comfort and safety of our patients, of our team members, and of our own families remain our top priority.

  • All essential paperwork (including a COVID-19 screening form) along with financial agreements are to be done prior to your appointment. We will be texting and emailing the links for the forms to be filled out at home or on your mobile device. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or feel ill, please reschedule your appointment and call your physician.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, please wait in the car and text or call the office. We will inform you when to enter the office so we can maintain social distancing protocols
  • When entering the office, it is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering. Although county guidelines are not as strict, we maintain this requirement for the safety of everyone. Due to a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) we cannot provide masks. Should you require one, we will charge you $1 for the mask.
  • Patients must arrive to their appointment alone without family/friends. A single guardian will be allowed for minors, elderly and those with special needs or requirements.
  • We will be taking your temperature when arriving to our office and recording this in your records.

Here are a few additional things we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy:

  • We have installed air purification systems in the main operatories
  • We have installed sneeze guards at the check-in and check-out areas. We request that when you are required to talk to the front desk administration, you stand behind those.
  • Before appointments, we will use a medical peroxide pre-rinse which has been proven to help kill virus particles

We will have new scheduling guidelines

You will be hearing from us shortly as we are rescheduling routine hygiene and treatment for everyone. As you can imagine, we have a large backlog of cancelled appointments so we appreciate your patience through this process.

If you have any immediate concerns, we request not to call the office but text us at the office number or email us at

Due to the new protocols for physical distancing in the office, we may have limited availability of appointments. Due to this we require a minimum 48 hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment to avoid a cancellation fee. This allows other patients, who have been waiting, to be seen. Please be courteous to others.

For many procedures we will also be requiring a reservation fee in advance. This fee will be applied to your deductible or co-pay for the treatment and is not an additional fee of any kind.

We look forward to seeing all of you and catching up on the activities you have been doing to keep busy during this downtime!

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