Tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity (dental caries). It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that erodes a tooth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.You can easily prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist for teeth cleaning and checkups, and avoiding foods that is high in sugar content.
A: Tooth decay usually does not cause symptoms until you have a cavity or an infected tooth. When this occurs, a toothache is the most common symptom. Only your dentist can tell for sure whether you have a cavity.
A: As the dental industry continues to evolve and develop, new types of filling are always emerging. Today, there are a number of different options available to patients. Some are very popular, others are a little rarer and more expensive, and some have become very controversial. The most common types of filling are gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, GIC and composite resin. The type of filling recommended by your dentist will depend on a whole host of factors; how much you are willing to pay, how extensive the damage is, whether you need to avoid certain materials, and which options offer the best long term advantages.