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10 Common Dental Problems

Here at FY Smile, we are proud to offer a wide range of treatment options in our Sydney dental clinic. Continue reading to learn 10 common dental problems that we can provide treatment for.

1. Toothache

Toothaches are a common dental problem that can be caused by a variety of reasons, including:

  • Abscessed tooth (Infection)
  • Fractured tooth
  • Tooth decay (Cavities)
  • Impacted teeth

The method for treating a toothache will depend upon the cause. When you pay a visit to our clinic to have a toothache treated, we will conduct a thorough examination to find the root cause of the toothache and design a treatment plan that will correct the issue and relieve your pain. 

Common methods of treatment for toothaches include root canals, fillings, and antibiotic prescription medications.

If the tooth is not restorable, a tooth extraction may be recommended.

2. Broken Tooth

Teeth are incredibly strong and durable when healthy, but there are some instances in which a fracture or break may occur, such as biting down into something hard or enduring blunt-force trauma to the face or mouth. If you have experienced a broken or fractured tooth, you’ll want to get the tooth taken care of right away to restore both your comfort and the look of your smile. 

The method for treating your broken tooth will depend on the extent of the break. Treatment methods for broken teeth include dental bondings, fillings, and root canal and crown. If the tooth is broken beyond repair, it may be recommended to have the tooth extracted.

3. Impacted Teeth

When teeth are not able to erupt correctly and intercept with the other teeth in the mouth, they become impacted. Impacted teeth can cause the patient to experience headaches, intense pressure in the head and jaw, and sinus issues. It is quite common for wisdom teeth - the last molars in the mouth that erupt sometime between the ages of 17 and 25 - to become impacted.

In cases in which the impacted teeth are not causing any pain or discomfort for the patient, the dentist may choose to keep an eye on them over time rather than removing them from the mouth. Once impacted teeth start causing trouble for the patient, they will be recommended for extraction.

4. Gum Disease

Bacteria lingers inside the mouth in the form of a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque can be successfully removed by thorough brushing and flossing. When plaque is not removed from the surface of the teeth, it forms a rock-hard substance known as tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove from the surface of the teeth, and requires professional intervention. 

Proper brushing and flossing habits, paired with regular professional hygiene treatments, help maintain a clean and healthy mouth.

When proper home care is not practiced, or when regular cleaning appointments are not attended, the bacteria that lingers on the surface of the teeth begins to eat away at the tooth, gum, and bone structures. It is in this case that gum disease begins to form.

Gum disease is a chronic infection of the gum tissue. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Inflamed and painful gums
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Loose tooth
  • Lost teeth

Gum disease can not be reversed, but it can be successfully treated with deep cleanings known as scaling and root planings. Here at FY Smile, we will be happy to help you manage your gum disease treatment in our Sydney dental clinic.

5. Stained or Yellow Teeth

The porous nature of the outer layer of the teeth (known as the enamel), makes the teeth susceptible to stains and yellowing over time when exposed to substances such as coffee, tea, tobacco, and red wine.

If you are experiencing unsightly stains or yellowing on your teeth, rest assured that professional whitening treatments at FY Smile can help remove stains and restore a bright and white smile.

The amount of whitening that is achieved with a professional teeth whitening session will vary from patient to patient; your dentist and hygienist will be able to give you a good idea of what to expect from treatment based upon the health of your teeth.

6. Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth can be a large source of insecurity for many people. Crooked teeth can also have a large impact on your ability to correctly brush and floss your teeth, potentially leading to decay.

Thankfully, misaligned teeth can be corrected with orthodontic treatment such as traditional metal braces or Invisalign. The severity of your case will determine the treatment that is best for you as well as your expected treatment time. 

7. Grinding or Clenching

Teeth grinding (known clinically as bruxism) is a very common dental issue. In fact, it’s quite common for people to grind their teeth at night while they are sleeping without even being aware of the habit.

Teeth grinding can lead to headaches, a sore or stiff jaw, and cracks and chips in the teeth. Thankfully, your dentist can provide you with a protective mouthguard that will help protect your teeth while you sleep. 

To correct the appearance or health of your teeth, your dentist may choose to use treatment methods such as fillings or dental bondings.

8. Bad Breath

Clinically known as halitosis, bad breath is caused by a large amount of bacteria in the mouth. It’s a common sign of gum disease, and can sometimes be a side effect of certain prescription medications.

Bad breath can be successfully treated by following through with your recommended dental hygiene treatment. Your dentist may also prescribe you a prescription-strength mouthwash to help maintain a fresh and clean mouth. If your halitosis has been found to be caused by a prescription medication, your dentist may work with your general practitioner to find a solution.

9. Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common issue that is usually an indication that the protective outer layer of enamel has been compromised, exposing the more delicate inner layers of the tooth.

If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause of the issue. If the issue at hand is intercepted quickly, simple treatment such as a filling may be sufficient. More advanced cases of decay or damage may require root canal and crown treatment and possible tooth extraction.

10. Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a condition that can be extremely uncomfortable, and has the potential to lead to tooth decay. Saliva works as the mouth’s natural lubricant and neutralizer - it helps protect the teeth from harmful acids and bacterias. When a patient suffers from dry mouth, they face an increased risk of tooth decay.

To treat your dry mouth, your dentist may prescribe you a prescription-strength mouthwash that will help stimulate saliva production. You will also be advised to increase your daily water intake and avoid any tobacco products.

FY Smile: Your Local Double Bay Dentist

Your journey towards the beautiful smile of your dreams starts here; our team of experts will work with you to maintain the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.

For more information about caring for your teeth or to make an appointment in our Double Bay dental clinic, give us a call at 02 8319 5557.