If dental decay has already occurred then we are able to offer a variety of care options to attempt to remedy this.
Traditionally decayed teeth have been filled. Nowadays we usually prefer to use tooth coloured fillings, in many situations these are not only more natural looking but a healthier option for the teeth as they are bonded to the tooth, so helping to strengthen the teeth. We routinely use air abraders to enhance this technique. Tooth coloured fillings are not always the best option and traditional metal fillings can be used. We always encourage our patients to become involved in this decision making process.
In some situations, instead of using traditional filling techniques, it is possible to be less destructive to the teeth. We sometimes use ozone gas to kill bacteria in an area of decay, rather than drilling out a tooth, before repairing a hole.