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Family Dentistry and Prevention

Decay Decay

Dental decay is caused by plaque acids that gradually dissolve the enamel and dentine of a tooth, which then become soft and a cavity (hole) forms. The damage to your teeth may result in the tooth needing to be filled or even extracted.

Decay may or may not cause discomfort, but the tooth is still deteriorating. Therefore using a powerful light and xrays, it is easier to detect decay at an earlier stage to reduce further possible damage to the tooth structure. Regular examinations allow your dentist to spot an early lesion which can sometimes be treated with a fluoride varnish to help remineralise the tooth, therefore reducing the amount of treatment that can sometimes be required.