Taking care of our dental health isn’t just a good way of getting an attractive smile, it’s essential to maintaining overall health and quality of life. But oral health isn’t always simple. Millions of people suffer with dental problems that affect their health, comfort, and confidence and most people will struggle with a tooth-related issue at some point.
As a trusted dental-care provider in South Reno, we’ve treated patients from all walks of life. Our training, experience, and genuine passion for helping each and every one of our patients have given us an in-depth understanding of real-world dental problems, and how to provide effective treatments.
Keep reading to learn about the most common dental problems in South Reno, and how we can help you fix them and improve your oral health.
Tooth decay occurs when the enamel (outer layer) of the tooth’s structure becomes damaged due to excess plaque and tartar. When plaque builds up, this causes bacterial acid to impact the structural integrity of the affected tooth or teeth. If left untreated, decay can cause tiny holes (cavities) to form in the enamel, allowing harmful bacteria to spread and eventually reach the dentin (inner layer) leading to pain, disease, and tooth loss.
Tooth decay isn’t just one of the most common dental problems. It’s one of the most persistent health concerns in the world. The risk of developing tooth decay is increased substantially by regularly consuming sugary snacks and drinks. It’s also more common in individuals with crooked or overlapping teeth, as it’s more difficult to reach every part of the tooth when brushing.
Treatment of early-stage tooth decay can often be achieved through a thorough professional dental cleaning and practicing routine daily dental care at home such as brushing, flossing, and using a gentle mouthwash. However, if you have begun to form cavities, you’ll likely need to be treated with fillings, crowns, or a root canal.
While stained teeth aren’t usually a sign of a deeper health problem, they can still be a frustrating occurrence that, for many patients, can lead to low self-esteem and impact their overall quality of life. Discoloration on your teeth can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Some foods and drinks like coffee and red wine
- Certain medications
If you’re frustrated by tooth stains, you can achieve a more even smile through teeth whitening treatments. While over-the-counter whitening strips can offer some improvement over time, they won’t provide dramatic or immediate results, nor will they target extensive discoloration. You can also schedule an in-office, personalized whitening procedure for quicker, more effective, and longer-lasting results.
You can also utilize a customized take-home tray to get incredible results at home. Getting a professional treatment is often recommended if you’re experiencing severe discoloration or if the stains are intrinsic (below the surface of the teeth).
Gum disease is extremely common. In fact, the CDC reports that gum disease affects more than 47% of adults over 30 and roughly 70% of those over 65. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is caused by excess plaque accumulation along the gum line leading to inflammation and infection. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss and is associated with severe health conditions including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
The ideal treatment for gum disease depends on the extent of the condition. For example, gingivitis (early stage) can often be treated with custom-fit trays that you can take home, as well as developing a consistent dental care plan that includes daily at-home care and regular professional cleanings. Periodontitis (late stage) will often require a more extensive treatment in which an ultrasonic device is used to remove infected tissue. Deep cleaning the area will also allow your mouth to heal and lower your risk of future infection.
Chips and cracks
Chipped or cracked teeth most often occur due to an impact injury or wear and tear over time. Not only can chips negatively impact your confidence, but they can also cause significant pain and sensitivity that leave you vulnerable to infection, especially if the crack or chip reaches the interior of the tooth.
If a small part of your enamel has developed a crack or been chipped off, it can usually be fixed with a dental filling or bonding procedure. If the damage is severe, it can be treated with a veneer, crown or a dental implant. If you sustain a chip due to an injury or have noticed a crack forming, be sure to keep the area clean and seek treatment as soon as possible. Even if the chip seems minor, daily wear and tear can cause it to worsen and put your health at risk.
Crooked smiles occur in both children and adults, and can be caused by a number of potential factors, including:
- A small jaw
- Repetitive myofunctional habits
- Facial injury
For many people, their crooked smile is primarily a cosmetic concern. But crooked teeth can also be a risk factor for other dental problems in the future, especially if it’s the result of overcrowding or trauma. Overlapping teeth are more difficult to clean, which can increase the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. They can also contribute to general sensitivity, especially if your bite causes pain or discomfort while chewing.
If you want to straighten your teeth, you have several options. Metal, ceramic, and lingual braces are among the most common treatments and will slowly reposition your teeth over time. You can also utilize clear, removable aligners or retainers (such as Invisalign) which will allow you to straighten your smile over time and are virtually invisible. If you want immediate results, or if your crooked teeth are impacting your ability to speak or chew, then you can opt for veneers or a teeth straightening surgery.
Are you looking for compassionate, high-quality dental care? Dr. Waring is here to help!
At Damonte Ranch Dental Care, we take the time to understand our patients’ specific needs and concerns. Dr. Waring, along with his incredible team, prioritize comfort while providing effective dental treatments and comprehensive care in the South Reno area.
Whether you haven’t been to the dentist in years, are dealing with severe oral health conditions, or you suffer with dental anxiety, we are dedicated to helping you find a solution and get the quality care you need in a warm and understanding environment.