Research has shown that most people will experience tooth decay in their lifetime. When tooth decay does occur, it is important to remove the decay, clean the tooth and repair the area with a dental restoration diagnosed by the dentist. This restoration or repair depends on the extent of the decay and any previous treatment on the tooth.
In addition, lost or missing teeth should be replaced to help prevent teeth from drifting, bone atrophy in the area, and superuption. Issues such as those listed can cause further dental problems in the future; such as TMJ and misalignment of the teeth which can have a direct impact on biting and chewing abilities.