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April 15, 2019

9 Common Dental Problems, Fixed!

Today, we will discuss with you the top 10 common dental problems and how our clinical team, general dentists and dental specialists can resolve them.

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9 Common Dental Problems, Fixed by Cunning Dental!

1. Destruction of Your Tooth Enamel

Decay occurs when the bacteria in plaque settles on teeth, producing an acid that gradually destroys the tooth enamel until blackened holes become apparent. These bacteria thrive when your diet consists of sugary sweets and starches, so limit your exposure by eating a healthy diet and brushing after every meal.

If you allow a decaying tooth to deteriorate further, it could develop into painful infections or abscesses. Timely repair procedures are essential, which can take the form of fillings, dental crowns, root canals, or tooth extractions.

2. Tooth Root Infection

Cracks and chips, cavities, and trauma to the tooth can lead to an infection. It manifests in the root (the bottom part) of a tooth becoming overwhelmed with bacteria. If left untreated, a root infection can damage the nerves and pulp tissue inside the tooth.

The only solution to a root infection is a gentle and high-quality root canal treatment at Cunning Dental. The dental procedure has a reputation for being painful, but this is far from the truth. Our dentists apply local anesthetic before beginning a root canal, which numbs any pain or discomfort you may feel. If you think you have a root infection, schedule an appointment with us right away before it becomes too late to save your natural tooth.

3. Gingivitis

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the soft tissue surrounding the teeth. Apart from being one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, some studies show a link between gum disease and specific health problems, including heart disease and premature labor.

If your gums are red, sore, and bleed on more than one occasion, you need to consult a dentist immediately as these are symptoms of gingivitis — the earliest stage of periodontal disease. Here at Cunning Dental, we perform routine examinations to diagnose infections that damage the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. We will put together a comprehensive plan with treatment options depending on your stage of gum disease.

4. Halitosis

Halitosis, also called chronic bad breath, is something mints, mouthwash, and brushing cannot remedy. According to research, 85 percent of men and women with persistent bad breath have a concealed dental condition.

Bad breath is often a sign of poor oral hygiene, which you can correct with daily brushing and flossing. In other cases, cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and bacteria on the tongue are examples of dental problems that contribute to unwavering bad breath. Dousing your mouth with mouthwash when a dental malady is present will only mask the odor and not cure it. If you suffer from chronic halitosis, visit our offices in Southern California to rule out the potential causes.

5. Dentin Hypersensitivity

Sensitivity is that sharp pain you feel when exposing your tooth to hot or cold temperatures. If you suddenly develop this condition, make an appointment with us as it may be a sign of tooth decay, nighttime tooth grinding or periodontal disease. Tooth sensitivity that resulted from an underlying dental problem needs immediate treatment to prevent losing the tooth.

6. Yellowing or Darkening of the Tooth

Some prevalent causes of tooth discoloration include drinking beverages like coffee, soda, and wine. These substances stain the enamel of your teeth and can cause long-term discoloration. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, certain medical conditions, and genetics are also common causes of discolored teeth.

Once you decide to invest in a brighter smile, professional teeth whitening at Cunning Dental is a treatment option to consider. ZOOM! Whitening at Cunning Dental is ideal for patients who are seeking teeth whitening with immediate results. In just one hour, your teeth will look visibly and dramatically whiter.

7. Malocclusion

Malocclusion or misaligned teeth is a prevalent dental problem in many parts of the world. Apart from the crookedness of teeth that becomes obvious when one smiles, malocclusions play a role in distorting facial features. It can likewise cause problems with speech and chewing. Decay and periodontal disease can result from malocclusion as well.

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that reimagines teeth straightening. It uses custom-made plastic retainers to move and align teeth in a similar way to how braces work. Invisalign aligners are more convenient compared to traditional braces because they are virtually invisible and removable. Plus, they offer the same teeth-straightening benefits without the restrictions.

8. Lost Natural Tooth

Some of the dental problems already mentioned in this article can lead to tooth loss, including tooth decay, root infection, and gum disease. Up to 20 percent of adults are also born without certain teeth, a condition called congenitally missing teeth.

It is absolutely necessary to replace a lost tooth for jaw support, proper chewing of food, the stability of remaining teeth, and to have an attractive smile among several other benefits. Missing teeth are replaceable through removable dentures or partials, fixed dental prostheses (bridges), or dental implants. A consultation with our prosthodontist would help in determining which option is best for you.

9. Cancer of the Oral Cavity

Oral cancer is one of the most serious dental problems you can have. Most cancers of the oral cavity begin as a small, pinkish lump or growth inside the mouth. If you notice an unusual growth or are concerned about a sudden change in your mouth, consult a dental expert now.

For cancer, practicing prevention is always better than finding a cure. Ideally, you should stop smoking since it decreases the chance of developing oral cancer. If you are having difficulty quitting the habit, seek professional help and ask your dentist to screen you for oral cancer at every routine check-up.

Whether you need Teeth in One Day, orthodontics, tooth whitening, or other cosmetic dental work, our team at Cunning Dental can correct your woes and give you the smile of your dreams. Call us now at (855) 328-6646. We look forward to helping you make brilliant first impressions.

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