Stages of Tooth Decay

There are four stages of tooth decay that we summarise below:

  1. In the first stage, there is a dull spot on the tooth’s surface. Brushing it with a fluoride toothpaste and regular flossing will prevent it from becoming a cavity.

  2. In the second stage, the dull and decayed spot will go through the tooth’s hard surface and become a cavity. 

  3. In the third stage, the cavity will reach the softer layer of the tooth and it will rapidly become bigger. 

  4. The cavity should be filled by the time it reaches the fourth stage. This is to prevent it from causing bigger problems deeper in the tooth. 

If you suspect tooth decay or have tooth ache, come and see us. We will take you through your treatment choices.