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Dental Concerns

Missing Teeth

Missing Teeth Pain

Your teeth play an important role in your general health and well being. Healthy, beautiful teeth makes smiling and laughing more enjoyable. Healthy, strong teeth are also important for eating and maintaining a healthy diet.

People lose teeth for a variety of reasons. But, no matter the reason, even a single missing tooth can have a serious impact on a person’s quality of life. There are many options when it comes to replacing a missing tooth; however, the best and long-lasting solution is a dental implant.

Options for Replacing Teeth

  • Dental implant and crown
  • Bridge supported by natural teeth
  • Bridge supported by dental implants
  • Removable denture supported by natural teeth/gums
  • Removable denture supported by dental implants
  • Non-removable denture supported by dental implants

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding Gums/Gum Disease

Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums is not normal and are symptoms of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Sore and painful gums can typically be treated with a variety of general dentistry treatments.

What Causes Gums to Bleed?

Gums can bleed due to aggressive brushing or using a toothbrush with firm bristles. Always ensure you use a toothbrush with soft, nylon bristles, and use care when flossing. Also, flossing often can help prevent sore gums and/or bleeding.

Many pregnant women will experience bleeding gums due to hormonal changes. Pregnant women should brush and floss daily as well as continue with routine dental visits.

Bleeding gums are the most common sign of gum disease.

Gum Disease

The severity of gingivitis (gum disease) can range from inflammation of gums to major damage to soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Gum disease is the result of a bacterial infection.

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Bacterial growth in plaque build up causes the gums to become inflamed which leads to bleeding, sore gums.

If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. This is when the inner layer of gum and bone pulls away from the teeth and form pockets. Food and debris get caught in these pockets and can become infected. Scaling and root planning is a dental procedure that cleans and removes debris and bacteria from the deep pockets. Extreme cases may require surgery.

Gum Disease Symptoms

  • Bad breath
  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive or loose teeth

If you suspect you have gum disease, make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Do not use over-the-counter medications without first seeing the dentist. The first step of treatment is controlling the infections. Treatment will then vary depending on severity.

How to Keep Teeth and Gums Healthy

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily to removed plaque build up
  • Schedule a dental cleaning and exam every six months
  • Do not smoke

Crooked Teeth

Woman hiding crooked teeth behind a sign - Invisalign Brighton

Crooked teeth can make brushing and flossing difficult. It also allows food, debris, and plaque to build up between teeth. This can cause tooth enamel to wear away and can irritate gum tissue, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

Invisalign®

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional, bracket braces. With Invisalign, you receive a series of custom, clear aligner that gently move your teeth to create that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

We start with a consultation where you meet with one of our doctors to examine your teeth and show what Invisalign can do for you. Then, using a digital scan, our doctor will map out a custom treatment plan for you. Allowing you to see the end result. Then, your custom, clear aligners are created and you wear them without everyone noticing.

Veneers & Crowns

Other ways to straighten teeth without braces include porcelain veneers and dental crowns.

A porcelain veneer is a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the visible area of the tooth. Veneers usually only cover the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling. Veneers can also be used to fill gaps or space.

Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown covers a damaged tooth entirely. A crown can strengthens a tooth and dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, and alignment.

Dental Cavities

Dental Cavities in Brighton

Tooth decay is a common disorder and can lead to tooth loss. Everyone has bacteria in their mouth. Acid is created when this bacteria combines with foods like sugar and starch. Then, plaque is formed by the combination of bacteria, acid, food particles, and saliva. Plaque damages the tooth enamel and cavities form.

Cavities start small and then grow large. They can affect the nerves or cause the tooth to fracture. If left untreated, a cavity can cause a tooth abscess (infection) or tooth loss.

How to Prevent Cavities

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily to removed plaque build up
  • Schedule a dental cleaning and exam every six months
  • Limit sugary snacks and soda

Dental Cavities Symptoms

Dental cavities may not always have recognizable symptoms. Only a dental exam can expose the early signs of tooth decay. Dental treatment can prevent the cavity from growing for getting worse.

If symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity, especially to hot, cold, or sweet foods
  • Visible pits or holes in teeth

Dental Cavity Treatment

Treatment can include a filling, onlay, or dental crowns. If the tooth decay is extensive, a root canal may be required.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth Grinding - Bridge Street Dental

A mild case of teeth grinding or clenching may not require treatment. However, continuous, long-term grinding requires treatment as it can lead to serious problems.

Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

  • Worn or chipped teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Soreness or tightness of the jaw muscles
  • Earache, headache, or facial pain

Teeth Grinding Causes

  • Stress, anxiety, anger, or tension
  • Unknowingly grinding or clenching during sleep
  • Abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth

Teeth Grinding Treatment

A mouth guard can help protect your teeth if you are grinding while you sleep. If stress is causing the grinding, try to reduce the stress in your (e.g., attend stress counseling, start an exercise program, or see a physical therapist).

Dental treatments can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases.

Discolored Teeth

Woman hiding her discolored teeth by covering her mouth.

Discolored teeth can be the result of things, including: foods/drinks, tobacco use, poor dental hygiene, disease, medications, advancing age, genetics, environment (excessive fluoride), or tooth trauma.

How to Prevent Teeth Discoloration

  • Reduce coffee intake
  • Stop smoking
  • Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Visit the dentist regularly for a cleaning and exam
  • Wear a mouth guard during contact sports
  • Teeth Discoloration Treatment

The most common and simple way to remove tooth discoloration is to beech the teeth. White spots caused by excessive fluoride or from wearing braces can easily be treated using the DMG Icon System. Veneers can be used when discoloration is caused by changes deep inside the tooth. Besides being used to mask tooth discoloration, veneers can change the whole shape of a tooth creating a more beautiful smile. A tooth that has been treated with a root canal can be bleached from the inside.

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