If we catch tooth decay early, some drilling and filling the hole left behind is ideally all we need to do. Tooth decay most commonly comes from food material and sugars from drinks gathering on your teeth. Bacteria forms and eats away at this material, forming plaque that over time hardens into tartar. The acid-producing bacteria eats away at your teeth throughout this process, creating permanently damaged parts of your tooth called cavities. Regular appointments help us catch cavities early and protect the deeper parts of your teeth that can require more invasive procedures like root canals and crowns to replace.

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