Tooth decay occurs when we have too much sugar in the diet and the bacteria in the mouth use that sugar to produce an acid that softens and breaks down the tooth structure creating holes and cavities in it.
Tooth decay is not always painful until it progresses closer to the nerve in the tooth and by that point, treatment can become more complicated. This is one reason why regular six-monthly check-ups at the dentist are an important part of prevention and dental care. This is also why we recommend regular x-rays so that we are able to spot decay which is not always visible by looking at the teeth.
Once a cavity is detected we will discuss all the options available to restore the tooth to its natural shape and function using tooth-coloured filling materials.