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Does decay always hurt?

Q:Does decay always hurt? A:Actually in most cases decay progresses slow enough that there is no discomfort. Usually it is only when deep decay starts to kill the nerve that pain may occur. I usually use an intraoral camera or X-rays to show patients their decay.   Dr. Maksim has . . . Read more

What does decay look like?

Q:What does decay look like? A:Decay can be black, brown or even white. Typically, the slower moving the decay the darker it is.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years. www.michaelmaksimdds.com   View Larger Map

What causes tooth decay?

Q: What causes tooth decay? A: Bacteria in your mouth form a sticky plaque and feed off of food debris while producing acids. The acids allow them to burrow deeper into the tooth where they continue to multiple..   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area . . . Read more