If you’ve ever had major tooth decay, you probably know just how detrimental it can be. When tooth decay occurs, plaque eats away at the enamel and slowly destroys the teeth. It can become very painful and difficult to eat. Many people lose confidence and self-esteem as their smile changes. So when patients with severely decayed teeth come to Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, they often feel hopeless. But treatment can help them get a beautiful, brand new smile.