Common Problems

Common Problems

Cavities & Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is caused by a variety of things; in medical terms, cavities are called caries, which are caused by long-term destructive forces acting on tooth structures such as enamel and the tooth’s inner dentin material. Read more »

Sensitive Teeth

If you wince with pain after sipping a hot cup of coffee or chewing a piece of ice, chances are that you suffer from “dentin hypersensitivity”, or more commonly, sensitive teeth. Read more »

Gum Disease (Gingivitis, Periodontal Disease)

Gingivitis is the medical term for early gum disease, or periodontal disease. In general, gum disease can be caused by long-term exposure to plaque, the sticky but colorless film on teeth that forms after eating or sleeping. Read more »

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

An estimated sixty-five percent of Americans have bad breath. Over forty-million Americans have “chronic halitosis,” which is persistent bad breath. Ninety percent of all halitosis is of oral, not systemic, origin. Read more »

Canker Sores

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small, painful sores inside the mouth that often recur. Causes include stress, tissue injury, an ill-fitting dental appliance and even citric fruits and vegetables. Generally lasting one to two weeks, using antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents can help them go away sooner. Canker sores have a white or gray base surrounded by a red border.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is often viewed as a harmless, though annoying, habit. Some people develop bruxism from an inability to deal with stress or anxiety. Read more »

Orthodontic Issues

A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited or acquired. Some causes include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, can cause malocclusions.

Braces are applied to teeth for various reasons, including poorly aligned jaws, crooked, crowded and missing teeth, or a bad bite. Read more about braces »

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is when a person stops breathing during sleep because something is blocking the airway.

When this happens, carbon dioxide levels in the blood increase and oxygen levels drop, leading to potentially life threatening conditions such as heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, reduced brain function and heart disease. Read more about OSA »

Discolored Teeth

Your teeth can become discolored by stains on the surface or by changes in the tooth material. If you’ve noticed stains on the enamel or a yellow tint in the dentin then it may be time to talk to your dentist. Read more about the causes and treatment options »

Root Canals (Endodontics)

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. Many tooth problems start with infections that affect the roots. Read more about root canals and the procedure »