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5 Common Dental Problems and How to Treat Them

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A beautiful smile is a perfect tool that can make you look more friendly and attractive. However, many people all over the world can’t afford such a luxury as a smile because of certain dental issues. Fortunately, modern restorative dentistry can cope with even the worst bites and teeth conditions. Despite the fact that it may cost you a sufficient amount of money, this is a good investment that will boost your self-confidence and well-being. In this article, we gathered five common dental problems and how to treat them.

1. Missing teeth

Missing teeth can make you feel shy and confused while smiling. Some people with missing teeth even refuse to smile in public. The most common causes of missing teeth include:

  • Gum disease
  • Dental injuries
  • Wear and tear of teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Genetics

Despite the fact that you can feel comfortable, missing teeth can lead to malocclusion and a super eruption. Malocclusion is a condition that means a bad bite that can be caused by many factors including missing teeth. Malocclusion can develop when neighboring teeth try to adjust their position in order to close the gap between them. A super eruption is a condition in which your gums and jaws shrink because there are no teeth that could support them. This leads to the appearance of so-called hollows on the face. The most common restoration procedures for missing teeth are dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures.

2. Cracked and fractured teeth

If you fave a cracked or fractured tooth, it is better to visit the dentist as soon as possible in order to avoid infection. Broken teeth hurt and it is better to avoid hard foods that can damage the affected tooth or even destroy it and take painkillers. There are many options for the restoration of the cracked or fractured tooth such as dental crowns, dental filling, root canal therapy, and dental veneers. However, proper treatment should be determined by the dentist. If there is a tint crack, dental filling or bonding is the best option. However, significant fractures require more complicated treatment. 

3. Tooth decay

Tooth decay can be a result of poor oral hygiene that is usually accompanied by the addiction to sweets. If you have a sweet tooth, it is better to undergo regular dental check-ups in order to maintain oral health. The reality is that tooth decay can be asymptomatic on the initial stages and only a professional dentist can recognize this condition.

The most common treatment options for tooth decay include dental fillings, root canals, and dental crowns. However, it is better to remove severely damaged teeth that can’t be restored and place a dental implant.

4. Widely spaced teeth

If you have had widely spaced teeth in your childhood, it is considered normal. However, there are many causes of widely spaced teeth (diastema) in adults such as gum disease, injuries, etc. This condition can interfere with regular chewing that may leed to swallowing large chunks of food. Moreover, food can stick between your teeth and affect your gums and lead to tooth decay if you don’t maintain proper oral hygiene. The most common treatment options for widely spaced teeth include dental implants, crowns, and dental bridging.

5. Overbites and underbites

Underbite means that lower teeth extend further outward than your upper front teeth while overbite means that upper teeth extend beyond the lower teeth. The most common causes of these conditions are pushing teeth with the tongue, thumb sucking, and genetics. Bad bite can lead to difficulties with chewing food and speaking. Moreover, such conditions can cause jaw pain. Underbite can be treated with the help of an upper jaw expander. It is a wireframe device that is fitted in your palate.

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