Tooth Decay

You might be worried about cavities. We make sure you keep your teeth as long as possible. We make it a priority to see any tooth decay or cavities get handled before they become a serious issue. With our technology, we will take the time to show you what we see.This will help you to understand why you need the treatment. We are more than happy to answer any questions you have. It is free of charge!

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity (dental caries). It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away the tooth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection or tooth loss.

You can easily prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist for cleaning and checkups, and avoiding foods that are high in sugar.

What causes tooth decay?

The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay. A clear, sticky substance called plaque that contains bacteria is always forming on your teeth and gums. As the bacteria feed on food you eat, they make acids. The acids attack the teeth. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay and cavities.

What are the symptoms?

Tooth decay usually does not cause symptoms until you have a cavity or an infected tooth. When this occurs, a toothache is the most common symptom.

How is it treated?

Treatment for tooth decay depends on how bad it is. You may be able to reverse slight tooth decay by using fluoride. To fix cavities caused by mild tooth decay, your dentist will fill the cavities with filling material. For more severe tooth decay, you may need a crown or root canal treatment. In extreme cases, your dentist may have to remove the tooth.

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