Common dental concerns like bleeding gums, missing teeth, and crooked teeth can develop into serious oral health problems. Dr. James White and his professional team are experienced in treating dental concerns in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. White aims to provide a friendly office environment. He collaborates with patients to find the right solution for their dental problems. Learn more about these common oral health concerns below:
Bleeding Gums: Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? You may be developing gingivitis, which is a predecessor to periodontitis, or gum disease. Periodontitis is a fairly common disease, affecting 3 million Americans each year. However, in the late stages of the disease, it can lead to tooth loss and gum recession. Gum disease can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Dr. Reece offers surgical and non-surgical treatment for periodontitis.
Crooked Teeth: Crooked teeth can make it more difficult for patients to bite evenly. Those with a misaligned bite or crooked teeth are at a higher risk for bruxism, or teeth grinding, which can wear teeth down. However, straightening teeth can be a preventative measure that looks and feels great. Porcelain veneers or tooth bonding are all great options for straightening crooked teeth.
Discolored Teeth: Causes of tooth discoloration include diet, smoking and tobacco products, tooth damage, certain medications, deterioration and overexposure to fluoride. Porcelain veneers, tooth bonding, and tooth whitening are effective treatments to brighten teeth.
Headaches: Do you suffer from chronic headaches? You may have a TMJ disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorders can cause pain in the jaw joint and muscles. Some causes of TMJ disorders include stress, jaw misalignment, or tooth injury. Oral appliances are a great treatment option that can help take the pressure off of the jaw and keep teeth from grinding together.
Missing Teeth: Losing a tooth to injury or decay can be difficult. Having gaps in your smile may make you lose self-confidence. Missing teeth can also result in other problems, such as the shifting and overcrowding of teeth, difficulty biting and chewing, and increased tooth loss. However, dental implants, dental bridges, or full and partial dentures are great restorative options for patients with one or more missing teeth.
Sleep Apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the mouth collapse towards the back of the throat, blocking the airway. Patients with sleep apnea may wake up to breathe, have difficulty concentrating, or may feel excessively tired during the day. Oral appliance therapy can be used to keep the airway open for a more comfortable and restful night.
Teeth Grinding: Do you often find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth? You may have bruxism. Bruxism is a condition characterized by chronic teeth grinding or clenching and may be caused by stress, crooked teeth, and a misaligned bite. Patients may clench or grind their teeth at night or during stressful situations. This can result in worn down or even broken and teeth.
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