The small black spot…Waiting to see The Dentist!

Dental Caries-Small Black Spot
Dental Caries-Small Black Spot

If you have noticed any black spot on your teeth recently and you are waiting to get something done for it then you should read ahead.

Caries or that black spot that you noticed have a very distinctive disastrous pattern. Disastrous because the caries or destruction of tooth structure follows a very inconspicuous pattern i.e. the dental caries progress in a pyramid like fashion, starting from top being very miniscule but spreading to a very large extent at the base.

Pyramid-Caries progress like this small at top and big at the base

Or on the other hand we can compare it to the icebergs where only the tip is visible outside sea

Iceberg-thats how the caries look, small form outside but actually are big inside

water whereas 90% of the iceberg always remains under water not visible. Same is the case with Dental caries.

The second thing which makes caries a silent killer is the starting of pain. Discomfort or dull pain starts only after we have lost significant structure of our teeth to caries. Unlike other body parts teeth do not have nerve supply in the entire structure.

Only the innermost core of every teeth and the central part of roots have nerve and blood supply. So we have pain or discomfort only when most of the covering structure has been lost to decay and caries. By the time we feel discomfort and pain the tooth must go for either Root Canal Treatment and in worst cases for extraction.

Caries progression./spread to Nerves (Pulp)
Caries progression./spread to Nerves (Pulp)

Now, that you have noticed any black spot or a small carious lesion where usually food gets stuck, then you should IMMEDIATELY VISIT THE DENTIST.

The black spot or carious lesion or the food stuck in your teeth is definitive indication of areas where bacteria or in lay man terms “keeda” is present in those areas.

THE BAD PART – bacteria or the so called “keeda” do not wait or stop. They are continuously eating out the healthy tooth structure 24 X 7 & 365 days a year until unless removed from the caries in your teeth.

THE GOOD PART-Most of the bacteria (up to 98%) can be removed at once when you visit THE DENTIST and get the caries removed. THE DENTIST removes the decayed part of tooth and any bacteria hiding in these rotten areas. Then the area of tooth lost is replaced with a tooth colour material. This whole process at initial stages cost you less money and is pain free.

So you might be waiting for suitable time to visit your dentist for getting a cavity filled or report that small black spot but the bacteria in those caries are not waiting. They are continuously doing their job of eating away the healthy tooth structure and reducing the distance between them and the Nerves and blood vessels in your teeth.

So now we hope you won’t WAIT and WATCH but rather take action for those black spots. 

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