Dental restoration is one of the most important aspects of dentistry. Teeth may need to be restored if teeth develop cavities from decay.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay can create cavities when coupled with these risk factors:
- Receding gums
- Sugar and starchy foods
- Acids found in foods
Most causes of tooth decay can be reversed with a change in diet and proper oral and dental care. But how do you know if a cavity is forming?
Signs of Tooth Decay and Cavities
There are several common signs of tooth decay and cavity formation:
- Visible holes in teeth
- Tooth pain when eating or drinking
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
If you have noticed these symptoms or have seen cavities forming in your teeth, don’t wait. Contact our office immediately for treatment.
Before treating a cavity or cavities, Dr. Daryle J. Mahnke will take the condition of the affected tooth or teeth into account and then create the right treatment for you. Dr. Mahnke offers multiple treatments to patients with cavities or tooth decay, such as:
In this treatment, tooth decay is removed and the tooth is cleaned and filled with tooth-colored composite material. Dental fillings replace inner tooth structure and help support your oral health.
Inlays and Onlays
Similar to fillings, inlays and onlays are created by dentists and then bonded to teeth. When an old filling needs to be removed and replaced, inlays and onlays are a great choice. Inlays are indirect fillings that fit within the cusps of a tooth. Onlays cover one or more cusps and are more extensive than inlays.
After decay is removed from a tooth or teeth, a cap or dental crown is placed to cover and protect teeth from further infection. Dental crowns are needed when there is significant damage to teeth from cavities. Crowns also blend in to teeth for a natural look.
Learn more about tooth decay, cavities, and treatment options here.
Schedule an Appointment
Prevent tooth decay from creating more cavities. Call Dr. Mahnke & Associates at (989) 272-2478 or schedule an appointment with us online here.