Five Common Dental Issues

Five Common Dental Issues

Good oral hygiene habits are highly recommended by dentists. These include brushing twice a day (for at least two minutes at a time), flossing daily, and visiting the dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning. Occasionally, however, dental problems can come up. If they do, the team at Dental Arts Kew Gardens in Kew Gardens, NY provide a complete range of dental services to restore your smile.

Tooth decay

If you have been suffering from a toothache, one possible reason is tooth decay, such as a cavity. Depending on the severity of it, a dental filling is usually sufficient to take care of the problem. More severe or larger cavities may call for a dental crown. If the decay has reached the inside of the tooth (the pulp), another procedure called a root canal may be used to save the tooth.

Crooked teeth

Hardly anybody is born with a perfect smile. While small imperfections may not seem like a big deal, crooked teeth can be problematic for a couple of reasons. First, depending on how crooked the teeth are, they may be difficult to clean, which could lead to cavities. Additionally, crooked teeth can hinder a patient’s ability to chew normally. Straightening the teeth by using a method such as braces or Invisalign could greatly benefit oral health. An added bonus is that it’ll look great.

Discolored teeth

Teeth can become discolored due to a number of reasons, including medications, aging, smoking, or poor dental hygiene. Certain foods and beverages can also badly stain teeth. At Dental Arts Kew Gardens, we offer a professional whitening treatment that can allow you to walk away from our offices with a smile several shades whiter.

Gum disease

Just as how the teeth can become affected by bacteria to develop a cavity, bacteria can infect the tissues around the teeth and cause gum disease, which can, if left untreated, eventually result in tooth loss. Early detection is important in treating gum disease. This occurs at the dentist office during a regular exam. If gum disease is found in its earliest stage, gingivitis, it may be treated with a deep cleaning, also called a scaling and planing. If it has already advanced, however, more serious treatment will be necessary, such as surgery.

Missing teeth

Not only can missing teeth be inconvenient and unattractive, but it can also affect oral health – leaving the gap in the teeth will allow the remaining teeth to shift in place, which could alter your bite. Options for replacing missing teeth include dentures, partials, or a dental bridge.

Dental Arts Kew Gardens is prepared to treat all of these dental problems and more in our office in Kew Gardens, NY.