The process by which acid erodes and dissolves your teeth's enamel and dentine is known as dental decay.

It is brought on by the bacteria in plaque interacting with the sugars in our food and drink to produce an acid that dissolves teeth. Your tooth will eventually develop a cavity, or hole, as a result of the acid. If left untreated, dental decay can worsen your oral health and possibly necessitate tooth extraction.

Your dentist at Piccadilly Dental will remove all of the affected tooth and replace it with a filling if the tooth decay is not too severe.

Dental fillings are designed to repair and fill in cavities in teeth, shielding them from further harm and maintaining the health and happiness of your smile. Here is more information about fillings:

The cavity brought on by dental decay will keep getting larger if fillings are not used. An abscess (a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the tooth's roots) and pain may result as it worsens. If treatment is not received, the tooth may need to be extracted, which could cause bone loss, change the way your mouth is shaped, affect how you speak and eat, and make you look older than you actually are.


Millions of bacteria reside in your mouth and accumulate on your teeth and gums. When this bacterium grows, it produces plaque, a soft, sticky layer. Plaque breaks down the hard outer layer of teeth, known as enamel, by using the sugar in food and beverages to create an acid that eats away at the tooth surfaces. The enamel eventually deteriorates from repeated assaults, resulting in the appearance of a cavity or hole.

Treatment is required because the decay is irreversible once it reaches the tooth's dentine. Due to its softer nature than enamel, dentine is where decay spreads most quickly.

Despite the fact that sugar is a major cause of dental decay, other factors can also contribute to decay, such as:

  • Your body uses saliva as a natural defence against decay. By acting as a buffer, it keeps sugar acids out of teeth and stops decay. A decreased salivary flow may put you at higher risk for tooth decay.
  • Fissures are the grooves on the biting surfaces of your teeth. Deep fissures can result in food packing and are frequently challenging to clean.
  • Food packing is frequently caused by ill-fitting dental appliances and fillings, such as overhanging fillings, poorly fitting crowns, bridges, or dentures.


  • Dental fillings were traditionally made of metal, like silver.
  • Alternative white or invisible fillings have grown in popularity in recent years due to their increased availability.
  • To give your smile a fuller, brighter appearance, invisible fillings are made of composite materials that are precisely matched to the shade of your teeth.


  • Invisible fillings, as opposed to traditional fillings, improve your overall dental health by restoring 85% to 95% of your tooth's original strength.
  • Additionally, since invisible fillings don't contain mercury, they are safer.
  • Fillings, no matter which kind you select, are intended to stop dental decay in its tracks and maintain the health and happiness of your flawless smile.


Fluoride can be used to stop tooth decay in its tracks when it first appears. But once a cavity has developed, the damaged component must be taken out and replaced.

Using fluoride toothpaste and cutting back on sugar consumption will make a big difference. While it is generally advised to stay away from refined sugars like glucose, sucrose, dextrose, and maltose, Xylitol, a sugar alcohol, has been shown to help prevent dental decay. Brushing is insufficient to remove bacteria from in between your teeth; flossing and fluoride mouthwash will help.

Our team at Piccadilly Dental suggest that you should floss once a day and brush and use mouthwash twice a day.

In addition to lowering plaque levels, routine hygienic visits also check on how well you are maintaining your brushing habits.

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