Dental caries (tooth decay) occur when the enamel (the hard, protective outer coating of the tooth) and dentin (the area beneath the enamel, forming most of the tooth) of a tooth become softened. Over time, a cavity forms in the softened area of the tooth, causing the tooth to weaken.

In the early stages, dental caries show no symptoms, but our dentist may be able to spot a cavity by performing an examination and/or taking dental X-rays of your teeth. Small dental caries are much easier to treat than advanced decay and your dentist can stop the spread of decay with early treatment.