Patients of all ages are susceptible to developing cavities. Scheduling regular preventive care visits and maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine can lower your risks of developing tooth cavities.
At Bay City Smiles we understand the fear and anxiety many patients have about visiting the dentist. 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. Dr. Mahnke works with each patient to create an effective treatment that addresses their needs in a relaxing, comfortable environment. Dr. Mahnke has extensive experience treating tooth cavities in both children and adults.
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 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.
Treatment Options For Tooth Cavities
The first step in treating a tooth cavity is undergoing a comprehensive exam. During your visit, Dr. Mahnke will carefully examine your teeth and check for signs of decay and tooth damage. 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.
If you do have a tooth cavity or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, Dr. Mahnke provides a full range 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:
- Dental Crowns
For patients with advanced symptoms of tooth decay, a root canal or tooth extraction may be required to bring the tooth to proper health. The goal is to treat dental cavities before they advance to a more complex dental issue.
Schedule an Appointment
The best way to prevent tooth cavities is through regular visits to the dentist. Dr. Mahnke can create comprehensive, personalized solutions to address your dental needs and restore health to your smile. Schedule an appointment with Bay City dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke for your family today. Call 989-272-2478 or request an appointment online.