Tooth decay occurs when bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and food sugars combine to produce acids that break down the minerals in tooth enamel, forming a cavity. Tooth decay is a progressive disease and can cause tooth nerve damage, infection or pain if left untreated.
To treat decay, our doctors remove the damaged tooth structure and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings to restore the tooth to normal function. If the damage is extensive, the tooth may require a crown (or “cap”) to fully cover the tooth and make it strong again.
A strong dental hygiene regimen of daily brushing and flossing, regular checkups, fluoride treatments and diet control can help avoid tooth decay and costly treatment.
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