Frequently Encountered Dental Issues and Ways to Address Them

Few people go their entire lives without encountering at least a few issues with their teeth. Here are some of the more common issues people have, and potential solutions to each.

Decay in the tooth enamel

Usually if you have an ache in a tooth it is a sign of decay. The fix for this can be as simple as a filling, where the dentist drills out the decayed portion and replaces it with a filler substance, or as extensive as putting in a dental crown. The resolution will largely depend upon the extent of the decay.

Misaligned teeth

Although many people think that crooked teeth are a purely cosmetic issue, the fact is that when your teeth are crooked it can interfere with your ability to chew or even speak correctly, and some patients with crooked teeth have a difficult time keeping them clean. The treatment for this is generally some type of braces. Braces now come in a variety of styles (some of them are even clear) so talk with your dentist about your options.

Tooth discoloration

Diet, age, medications, and other factors can combine to discolor teeth. Frequently people attempt to resolve this through the use of over-the-counter whitening systems. However, these systems do not always work. Your dentist can apply a professional treatment to stubborn discolorations. Sometimes whitening simply doesn’t work and you may need to have veneers put in over the stains.

Wisdom teeth

For many people the eruption of the wisdom teeth signifies the onset of a new problem. Sometimes the teeth come in crooked; sometimes they only come in part way, leading to headaches, difficulty cleaning them, and other issues. Generally speaking, if you have an issue with your wisdom teeth, it’s best to have them removed entirely.

Missing teeth

Whether it’s from a trauma to the face, a diseased tooth, or some other reason, sometimes your teeth fall out. When this happens the result can be more than merely cosmetic in nature: missing teeth can affect your ability to eat, speak, and more. There are multiple replacement options available, each varying in cost and appearance. Talk with your dentist to explore your options.

The Health Problems that Can Stem from Missing Teeth

By the time that they are 30, more than 70% of the people in the United States have lost at least one tooth. Most have lost more than that. The average number of teeth that middle aged adults have is around 25. There are many reasons that people lose their teeth. Diseases, damage from accidents and age are some of the most common reasons for tooth loss.

Many may look at a lost tooth as an inconvenience. Depending on where the tooth was they may think that they do not need to do anything about their lost tooth. Some will think that replacing a missing tooth or teeth is expensive. Others will dread the thought of going to a dentist to have the tooth replaced. While people can give plenty of reasons for not fixing any missing teeth, they should realize that not doing it can cause many more problems.

The Problems of Disease

When a tooth is lost due to decay or disease, the health problems that can be created will only get worse over time. Teeth are not locked into position like many people may think they are. When one tooth is missing, the other teeth can drift over into the place where the tooth was. This can create opportunity for further decay and will eventually lead to losing more teeth.

The structure of the bone is also impacted by periodontal disease. The bone will become weaker and softer and can end up damaging the structure of the jaw. The bone tissue needs stimulation to thrive and stay healthy. When the teeth are not in place, this does not happen and leads to more deterioration of the bone structure.

Other problems can also result due to poor dental health. The infections in the mouth and the disease associated with tooth decay can lead to problems with the cardiovascular system. It is important for people realize the connection that all of the systems in the body have to each other and when one system is missing a part, it can affect many other parts of the body.

Lack of Nutrition

One of the things that is not always thought of is the importance of the teeth in following a healthy diet. Teeth are used to chew the foods that we eat. When we have a full set of healthy teeth, it is possible to eat all of the foods that are around us. That helps provide the body with the nutrition it needs to stay healthy. When teeth are lost people may change their eating habits. They will avoid foods that become difficult to chew and this could mean the person is not getting all of the things their body needs. It can create a long list of health problems.

Missing teeth can cause both physical and emotional problems for an individual. If they want to be happy and healthy it is always best to look at the available options to replace teeth that have been lost.