Here are some common dental problems and how to fix them.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat dissolve your tooth structure. Over time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. Patients suffering from a toothache are likely to have tooth decay. Your dentist will use the latest technology (such as the clinical microscope, transillumination, digital x-rays) to assess the severity of the decay and treat it with the most appropriate restoration.
Over half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums surrounding the teeth and is one of the main causes of tooth loss. Gum infections can also compromise overall health and spread to other organs such as your heart, lungs, and brain. Patients with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, or prosthetic joints or heart valves, are especially at risk of developing serious life-threatening complications from dental infections. Proper brushing and flossing twice a day can help prevent gum disease, and your dental team is most qualified to treat it.
Having missing teeth makes eating and speaking more difficult. There are multiple treatment options for those who have missing teeth, including dentures, partials or bridges. Dental implants are often the ideal treatment because they are a permanent solution that look and feel very natural.
Teeth whitening may be a great option if you have discolored or stained teeth. It can also be used to help reverse the effects of aging or stains from food and tobacco. Teeth whitening may be an excellent way to restore your smile, and create a more youthful appearance.
Wisdom Teeth About 10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year from 5 million people. Just because your wisdom teeth are not a source of pain doesn’t mean that there is nothing wrong. Most of the time, wisdom teeth need to be removed because they don’t have room to grow properly and may cause problems to the adjoining teeth. Having the wisdom teeth extracted may prevent future problems.