Common Dental Issues

Categories: General

Dentistry is about the maintenance of oral health and the prevention of dental issues. Visiting the dentist bi-annually for professional check-ups and cleanings can proactively care for your smile before any major issues develop. Dr. Erin Sutton and her staff strive to provide quality dental care that keeps your smile healthy and beautiful. Here are a few common dental issues and our treatments for them:

Dental Decay

Cavities develop in the smile due to neglecting to conduct oral care at-home. Sugary foods and leftover debris feed bacteria that produce the acid that leads to decay. The main symptom of a cavity is sensitivity or toothaches.

We offer tooth-colored fillings, also known as white fillings, which address a cavity after it is treated and the bacteria removed. These restorations are made of composite resin and are safer and aesthetically more pleasing than traditional metal fillings.

Cracked or Chipped Teeth

Dental emergencies occur all the time. Cracked and chipped teeth fall into that category. This can be caused by trauma due to sports or a fall. Cracked teeth can allow bacteria to enter the inner chamber of the tooth, infecting dental pulp and roots. Chipped teeth may affect how you talk and chew, as well as your confidence when you smile.

In both issues, a porcelain crown can be applied to restore the structure and protect the tooth from further damage. If you play a sport, it is important to wear your sports guard to protect your smile from damage.

Periodontal Disease

Brushing your teeth is an essential part of an everyday oral care routine. Further, flossing every day whenever possible plays a significant role in keeping the gums that hold the teeth in place healthy.

Periodontal disease is categorized by the inflammation, bleeding, and eventual receding of gum tissue. At its most advanced stage, gum tissue recedes and causes teeth to fall out.

We offer patients periodontal disease treatment through deep cleanings and maintenance. We scrape along the tooth roots and remove debris and infection that inflames and irritates surrounding soft tissue. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, this takes up to six months to remove completely.

Malocclusion

Straight teeth are what many people desire, but crooked teeth can also be a sign of an uneven bite. Malocclusion is the imperfect positioning of teeth when jaws are closed and can cause teeth to go out of alignment. The main way to treat this is to receive orthodontic care through braces or treatment with clear aligners

Visit the Dentist to Prevent or Treat These Common Issues

Dr. Erin Sutton and her staff strive to provide quality, compassionate dental care for every patient. Whether you need a bi-annual checkup or experiencing a dental emergency, we have the services you need to achieve a healthier smile.