In its early stages, a cavity usually does not hurt. Your teeth are made up of layers. The protective outer layer is made of enamel, the hardest substance in your body. Underneath your enamel is a softer bony layer called dentin. The internal layer that houses your nerve is called pulp.
Decay occurs when bacteria soften the protective enamel layer of your tooth. You can often avoid decay with a healthy diet, brushing, and flossing. Professional dental cleanings help to remove tartar from the areas of your teeth that your toothbrush and floss alone cannot reach.
Decay can grow quickly or slowly depending on a number of factors such as your home care habits, fluoride use, diet, and professional cleanings. By the time decay causes pain, it is often in the very advanced stages and may have caused irreparable damage to your tooth, requiring a root canal or an extraction.
We use digital x-rays to diagnose decay in its earliest stages. By using high-resolution imaging, we can often prevent decay from becoming painful and putting your health at risk.
When detected early enough, we can repair your tooth with a composite restoration. Our restorations will match the color of your tooth and feel smooth and natural. With proper care, restorations can last many years and provide comfort, protection, and stability for your tooth.