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The caries phases

Caries remains the most common oral disease and, if not detected in time and the appropriate steps are taken to correct them, these can cause irreversible damage to our mouth. In this article we explain what are the caries phases. A decay can evolve from different states since it appears as a small threat to the enamel of our teeth. A threat that, if not taking the recommended steps, will grow. That is why it is always advisable to have regular dental check-ups and solve any case of tooth decay, however small it may be.

Phases of dental caries

Bacteria that inhabit the mouth attack tooth enamel, and the first discomfort can be noticed in temperature changes or when eating foods or drinks high in sugar.

The first signs of the appearance of caries in a tooth can be seen in a small spot in the enamel that will gradually become a cavity.

When the pain increases it means that the decay has advanced and is close to the nerve of the tooth in question. If it is not resolved soon, the damage that can cause tooth decay can be significant.

There comes a point where the hole in the tooth and the infection affect the dental nerve, the pain multiplying. In these cases, when acting is usually to proceed with a root canal and remove the nerve. Once the nerve is removed, the tooth is rebuilt. Sometimes the tooth is so exposed that a cover is recommended to protect it.

If the previous point is exceeded without going to the dentist, it can be considered that the affected dental piece has been completely lost.


Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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