Decayed Teeth & Their Problems

Tooth Decay Symptoms

  • Toothache (continuous or sharp pain)
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Tenderness when eating or drinking
  • Grey, black or brown spots on teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or odd taste
  • Holes in teeth / food getting stuck
Book appointment. If you need an emergency appointment call the practice on 020 7621 0600 today. Or check your symptoms first here.

When to see a dentist

If you’re experiencing any signs or symptoms of decaying teeth, you shouldn’t delay. Sometimes, patients are unaware that a cavity is forming until toothache sets in – that’s why it’s important to be consistent with check-ups and hygiene cleans.

If you have had decayed teeth for some time and are worried you’ll be judged for your bad teeth, don’t be – it’s what we’re here for. Start with an extensive check-up for £155 today, which will evaluate your oral health and provide a treatment outline of the best next steps.

Register as a new patient. Our dental practice is in central London, 4 minutes from Liverpool Street Station.

Causes of tooth decay

The risks of tooth decay increase with the types of drinks and foods you eat. But the main cause is when you do not renew your worn fillings or restorations, allowing bacteria to enter the pulp of your tooth.

On top of this, insufficient oral hygiene routines are the leading cause, which allows plaque to form quickly, which soon turns into tartar when not removed correctly.

Once you have developed tartar, it makes the plaque harder to remove as it creates a shield for the bacteria – the only way to create a clean and healthy base is by visiting a dental professional who can remove this plaque. Advanced hygiene typically costs £155.

How to tell if your cavities are serious

  • Tooth pain which diminishes your quality of life.
  • Tooth loss which will affect your appearance and self-esteem.
  • Tooth abscesses or pus in the gums can lead to serious life-threatening infections.
  • Difficulty eating and chewing – affecting the types of foods you eat.
  • Halitosis – where bad breath is persistent and uncontrollable.
  • Teeth begin to crack or crumble.

What happens if you ignore dental decay?

As our dentists, it’s also our job to educate you on what happens if you let dental decay run rampant. When cavities and tooth decay go untreated, you’ll advance through the stages of dental decay and risk developing abscesses, gum swelling, damaged, broken teeth and eventually tooth loss.

It will never be too late to save your smile, but at some point, it might be too late to save your tooth, meaning you need to remove the tooth. In cases where the tooth has already fallen out, and decay has advanced so far, it will lead to more extensive and expensive repairs, where you’ll have to utilise prosthodontics and cosmetic dentistry to rebuild your smile.

Typical treatments for decayed teeth

Cosmetic boosts:

Prevention is key for the future of your smile

Working with our dentists can restore your oral health to a base level that helps you prevent tooth decay from occurring again.

Our restorations, like fillings, crowns and dental sealants, offer protection for your teeth, preventing bacteria from breaking down your tooth structure.

All that will be asked of you moving forward is regular check-ups and cleans, which you should undergo every 6-12 months. However, if you have advanced gum disease, you might be on a treatment plan that requires you to visit the dentist every three months until we can manage your symptoms effectively.

You'll be in the right hands

Dr George Druttman is the dentist you’ll want on your team to fight and repair the effects of dental decay.

Specialist prosthodontist Dr Druttman has over 30 years of experience helping patients rebuild their smiles with innovative and affordable procedures designed specifically for bad teeth. We’re lucky to have him. See our fees.

John Bridger
John Bridger

I’ve been seeing George for over 15 years. One of my best decisions. Teeth needed serious attention and were immediately “rescued”. They have been maintained to an excellent level ever since. Fantastic treatment and continuing results.

Mark Young
Mark Young

American 🇺🇸 Pilot with a very busy schedule. Was in London of one of my many layovers summer 2023. Had not been to a dentist in sometime. Was in need of a deep scaling for oral hygiene and start pains of a Carrie. I’m one of those and for all work completed under N20 (Nitrous Oxide Gas) for seems to be only way. He was able to see me and complete this matter swiftly and professionally. Didn’t scare me out of the chair. Recommend this practice and would return on a layover.

Kirsten Alexandria H
Kirsten Alexandria H

One of the best dental experiences I have ever had! Such a caring and confident team of people.

Angie Moyn
Angie Moyn

Thanks for giving me back my smile! 👍😄

Eleni Kyriacou
Eleni Kyriacou

I recently had the pleasure of visiting CapCityDental for a dental cleaning, and I must say, it was an exceptional experience from start to finish. As someone who prioritizes oral health, I’ve had my fair share of dental appointments, but this one truly stood out. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed and at ease, setting the tone for a fantastic dental cleaning session.

The moment I stepped into the clinic, the friendly receptionist – Michael, greeted me with a warm smile and efficiently took care of the check-in process. The waiting area was clean, comfortable, and featured modern decor that helped create a relaxing atmosphere. It was clear that the staff at at CapCityDental value professionalism and patient comfort.

Dr. George, the senior dental hygienist was a true expert in his field. He took the time to explain the entire cleaning process, making sure I was comfortable and informed every step of the way. Indeed, it did feel like a warm hug. Furthermore, his dental nurse Marilou was just a gem. Her gentle yet thorough approach put me at ease, and I could sense her commitment to delivering top-notch oral care. It’s evident that CapCityDental has a team that’s passionate about what they do.

What truly sets CapCityDental apart was their dedication to personalized care and patient education. The hygienist nurse took the time to discuss my oral health habits and offered valuable insights on how to improve my routine. She answered all my questions patiently, showing a genuine interest in my oral health journey. This level of individualized attention left a lasting impression on me.

In conclusion, my dental cleaning experience at CapCityDental was nothing short of outstanding. From the moment I walked in to the moment I left, I felt valued as a patient and confident in the care I received. The professionalism, expertise, and genuine concern for patient well-being were evident throughout. I wholeheartedly recommend this clinic to anyone seeking exceptional dental care in a welcoming and modern environment.

I’m already looking forward to my next visit!

Lee Foulger
Lee Foulger

I had emergency root canal with George and team, and subsequent fillings and hygiene. The service and quality of finish was impeccable. Excellent communication and a focus on patient experience puts you at ease from the start. The after care is also excellent. Couldn’t recommend enough.

Sarah Brooks-Wilkins
Sarah Brooks-Wilkins

I have been so incredibly impressed with my experiences at CAP City Dental. George has been so professional, caring and clearly has a wealth of experience within dentistry. I have had a variety of treatments over many years with George and he is the only dentist I have ever come across that has been able to ease my anxiety surrounding dental treatment. The new Austin Friars premises is so well located in the heart of London and it’s actually a tranquil experience to attend appointments.100% recommended!

Chris Jones
Chris Jones

George and his team have been looking after me for almost 10 years now. When George took me on, my teeth were in a very sorry state. Since then George has worked very hard to improve the function, health and look of my teeth.

Thanks to George I only require routine checkups and the odd piece of work now. Seeing George has made going to the dentist a breeze and a very happy social occasion!

I can’t recommend George highly enough. The best dentist I’ve ever had. Very attentive and caring…with exquisite attention to detail; second to none.

I should also mention that the new location in Austin Friars is a lovely calm oasis in the heart of the City. Modern health setting in a historic built environment.

Thanks George.

Roslyn 2023
Roslyn 2023

I had a tooth that was causing me severe pain. I was feeling highly anxious because my previous dentist treated the wrong tooth. My childhood orthodontist left me with an occlusion and had taken out too many teeth. I was having trouble finding a dentist who would not only treat my gaps and cavities, but would also provide an unbiased opinion of my previous treatments. After appointments with other clinics, I found Cap City Dental. Dr Druttman, Marilou, Reni and Michael were welcoming. They helped me correct years of problems in just three visits over as many weeks. The team genuinely try to understand what you are trying to achieve. They don’t push you to have work done. I particularly appreciated Dr Druttman’s comprehensive reports in which he provided his professional opinion on what happened and what should happen moving forward. I highly recommend them not only because they make sure you feel comfortable, but provide you with enough information to ensure you can make an informed decision.

Ellie DB
Ellie DB

I’ve had a brilliant experience of visiting Capcity Dental. Everyone is friendly, the appointments were always convenient and it’s a relaxed environment. Plus, the quality of the service is excellent: they are perfectionists, which is exactly what you want! Thank you