Tooth Cavities Bay City MI
The thought of visiting the dentist to fill a cavity leaves many people with anxiety. Family dentist Dr. Mahnke in Bay City, MI treats his patients with respect, kindness, and compassion, and understands the fear many people associate with the dentist. He has experience treating tooth cavities in both children and adults.
What Causes Tooth Cavities
Tooth cavities, called dental caries by dentists, are tooth decay. Most tooth cavities are caused by plaque buildup. When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it activates bacteria in plaque, causing it to attack and erode tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, it leaves the tooth susceptible to the formation of dental cavities.
Tooth Cavity Symptoms
A dentist can identify cavities usually before you experience symptoms, so it is important to maintain regular dental check-ups. In advanced stages of tooth decay, you might experience a toothache especially after consuming sweet, hot, or cold foods or drinks. Other signs of tooth decay are visible pits or holes in the teeth.
Treatment For Tooth Cavities
If you do have a tooth cavity or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, our dentists provide a number of general dentistry treatments to provide stability and protection to affected teeth. Tooth colored dental fillings are often used to treat teeth with early stages of tooth decay.
Other treatment options may include inlays, onlays and dental crowns. For patients with advanced symptoms of tooth decay, a root canal may be required to bring the tooth to proper health.
Tooth Decay in Children
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America. Half of all first-graders and more than 80% of 17-year-olds have tooth cavities. Pediatric dentistry is extremely important to help children and adolescents establish a healthy and regular dental routine. As a family dentist, Dr. Mahnke provides comprehensive treatment for children to prevent and treat tooth cavities.
Schedule an Appointment
The best way to prevent tooth cavities is through regular visits to the dentist. Schedule an appointment with Bay City dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke for your family today. Call 989.272.2478 or request an appointment online.