Second only to the common cold, tooth decay is one of the common health issues in both teenagers and young adults. Tooth decay is the leading cause of tooth loss. The main cause of tooth decay is bacteria, which is commonly found in your mouth. Bacteria is an important factor in your mouth as its primary purpose is to help break down the food we eat. However, when left unchecked, bacteria can begin to form plaque, a sticky substance that sticks to your teeth. When too much plaque builds up over time and isn’t removed properly it will turn into tartar which will eventually lead to periodontitis and gingivitis. For many people who are suffering from tooth decay, plaque buildup, and tartar, there are little to no symptoms to talk about. There may be a slight tooth ache or pain, perhaps sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drinks. Most people will have to schedule an appointment with their dentist so a thorough dental examination can be performed. Dental X-rays may also be done to see how much damage has been done due to negligence and poor oral hygiene. Treatment options for tooth decay that results in tooth loss include a root canal, dental implants, and crowns if the tooth is not completely lost. If you believe that you have signs of tooth decay, please contact our office immediately so we can discuss your treatment options and find out if dental implants are the right solution for you.