Talk to Your Dentist About These 6 Common Dental Problems

Six Common Problems to Discuss With Your Dentist

Comprehensive Care From Your Macon Dentist

At MaconSmiles, we want to help you show off your shining smile! As a leading dentist in Macon and the surrounding areas, Dr. Sheila Shah and our team of dental specialists work closely with our patients to provide comprehensive treatment plans, and work to make treatment fit into your busy lifestyle. While MaconSmiles places a focus on preventive care, we're proud to treat almost any dental problem at our office, including these six common dental problems.

1. Tooth Decay and Cavities

Dental decay is one of the most common preventable dental problems, and it allMan With Hand On Mouth In Dentist Chair, Mouth Open and Looks To Be In Pain starts when bacteria break sugars and starches down into acids that corrode the enamel of your teeth. Left untreated, this corrosion eventually causes a hole to develop in the enamel, creating a cavity. Cavities can lead to dental pain, broken teeth, abscesses, and even total tooth loss without treatment – but thankfully, we can easily treat cavities with dental fillings and crowns.

2. Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is another common problem that's usually caused by damage to the tooth's outer enamel, making the inner tissues of the tooth vulnerable to outside stimuli. Sensitivity may manifest as outright pain or as an oversensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. While some of the causes of tooth sensitivity can be treated at home, with desensitizing toothpaste or changing the type of brush you use, your Macon dentist, Dr. Shah, can help determine the cause and how to resolve the discomfort safely. 

3. Chipped Tooth

Although the enamel that covers your teeth is one of the hardest tissues in the body, teeth can still crack and chip if hit with enough force. Falling, chomping into something hard, or getting a blow to the face can cause the tooth to chip or crack. If this happens, it is important to notify your dentist right away for an emergency appointment, as leaving the tooth alone could cause further damage or infection. Dr. Shah will be able to assess the damage, and work with you to fix the tooth.

4. Gum Disease

Maintaining a healthy smile means caring not only for the health of the teeth, but the gums, as well. Without proper oral hygiene, periodontal (gum) disease can develop in the soft tissues that support the teeth. Gum disease starts as a mild condition called gingivitis that may only cause inflammation and minor bleeding, but it can progress into a more serious and aggressive condition called periodontitis, eventually leading to tooth loss and bone damage. Thankfully, regular brushing and flossing can prevent gum disease, and we can treat even advanced gum disease with periodontal treatment

5. Halitosis

All of us experience bad breath once in a while due to certain foods, but if you experience chronic, persistent bad breath, or halitosis, it often signals a larger underlying problem. Oral hygiene can usually treat and prevent bad breath, and we can diagnose and treat any underlying causes of halitosis.

6. Canker Sores

Canker sores are open sores that develop inside the mouth, consisting of a whitish-gray base with red, irritated surrounding tissue. Canker sores are caused by bacteria, and while they can be painful and uncomfortable, they aren't contagious or serious. If canker sores are an issue for you, we can treat them with antimicrobial mouthwashes and topical treatments that can speed up the healing process.

Contact Your Dentist in Macon & Schedule an Appointment Today!

These 6 conditions are some of the most common dental problems we see in our family dental office. If you think you may be suffering from one and want to start treatment, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about the treatments we offer or use our easy online form to request a consultation at our office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!