Dental problems are never fun. Not being able to eat or speak properly can drastically decrease your overall confidence. If you are experiencing a dental problem, it is never too late to get it fixed. Brushing and flossing twice a day along with regular dental cleanings are essential in preventing dental issues.
Here are some common dental problems and how to fix them.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that soften your tooth. Over time, these acids destroy the enamel and cause tooth decay. Patients suffering from a toothache are likely to have tooth decay. Depending on the severity of the decay, the best treatment is either a filling or a dental crown. If ignored, an infected tooth may require root canal therapy or extraction.
Missing teeth can make eating and speaking uncomfortable. There are many options for those who have missing teeth, including dentures, bridges or dental implants. A dental implant is a modern option that can be used to replace teeth or provide a “snap” to secure a loose denture. Dental implants are considered ideal because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Teeth whitening may be a great option if you have dull, discolored or stained teeth. It can also be used to help reverse effects of aging or stains from food and tobacco. Teeth whitening may be an excellent way to restore your smile, while contributing to a healthier and more youthful appearance.
Over half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. Gum disease is an infection in the gums surrounding the teeth and is one of the main causes of tooth loss. Studies have shown that gum disease is also associated with heart disease and diabetes. Proper brushing and flossing along with regular professional dental cleanings can prevent this disease.
For more information on common dental problems, contact our Hanover dentist. We offer a variety of dental services to meet your general, cosmetic and restorative needs.