What Can a College Station Dentist Do for Your Teeth?Published by Cashion Dental on March 28, 2016
If you are looking for a new dentist in College Station, TX, you should be sure to select someone offering comprehensive services. You need someone highly trained, located nearby, and equipped with all the latest dental technologies, but one of the most important factors to consider when choosing your College Station dentist is the convenience of getting all (or nearly all) of your oral health needs met at a single location.
Over the years, your teeth and the teeth or family members will encounter any number of a wide range of problems. Some of the most common tooth issues and solutions that your dentist should offer include:
1. Aching Teeth
Teeth can ache for many reasons—it could be a cavity, it could be an impacted tooth below the surface. At first, you can cope with a tooth ache by rinsing out your mouth with lukewarm water, flossing away any particles caught between it and neighboring teeth, and if appropriate, taking over the counter pain killers. But, if the pain is too great and/or persistent or if other symptoms (like swollen gums, pus, or fever) appear—you should waste no time in seeing your dentist. He/she will identify and eliminate the cause of the toothache. This may mean having a filling or a root canal or it may mean taking some dentist-approved antibiotics.
2. Hyper-Sensitive Teeth
Teeth that are chronically hyper-sensitive to hot and/or cold temperatures can cause discomfort whenever you consume some of your favorite foods and drinks. Overly sensitive teeth are fairly common. Some of its main causes include: tooth decay, worn-down enamel, worn-down fillings, exposed roots, tooth fractures, and periodontal disease. The good news is that sensitive teeth can usually be treated. First, your dentist may have some helpful advice on proper oral hygiene to reduce the sensitivity. He will likely recommend to you some form of desensitizing toothpaste or a fluoride gel. You may also need a new filling or a root canal to correct the problem.
3. Stained Teeth
Soda, coffee, tea, tobacco, and a host of other things we put in our mouths can gradually stain our teeth. The original bright white can dim to a dull yellow that brushing simply cannot remove. Some dentists will offer professional teeth whitening using a specialized cleanser and light. Your dentist may also give you a tray-and-gel “cleaning kit” that allows you to whiten your teeth yourself at home. For milder cases, he may simply recommend a whitening toothpaste or rinse.
4. Tooth Decay
Cavities develop as bacteria-infested plaque builds up on the surface of tooth enamel and “drills” a hole into the tooth that leads to inner decay. A decaying tooth, long enough left untreated, will likely be lost forever. Your dentist, however, can stop tooth decay in its tracks with a filling. If he is up to date with modern dentistry, you can get a tooth-colored filling that others will not notice when you smile. If the decay has progressed too far, a root canal or an extraction may become necessary.
5. Chipped/Cracked Teeth
A tooth can get a chip or a crack in it in a number of ways. The damaging impact can result from chewing hard foods like unpopped popcorn kernels or playing contact sports like football without a mouth guard. If the damage is only on the surface, a filling or resin bond may be sufficient. When the damage is deeper, a root canal and a veneer or crown may be needed. In a worst-case scenario, the tooth would have to be pulled.
6. Crooked Teeth
Misaligned teeth are traditionally straightened by metal wire braces, but the most advanced dental offices will also offer Invisalign invisible braces. Invisalign gradually moves teeth into position by means of a series of clear, acrylic trays. The trays can be removed for up to two hours per day to eat and exercise, and fewer dental appointments are needed than with traditional braces. Crooked teeth are not only unsightly but also affect your bite and cause jaw pain. Whether you opt for metal or invisible braces, you will need a dentist experienced with straightening teeth for both adults and kids.
7. Tooth Gaps
It is possible to “live with” tooth gaps, but they can also be corrected by dentists with expertise in veneers and dental bonding. The other option is to see an orthodontist who can actually move the teeth closer together. For front teeth especially, many find it highly desirable to get rid of the gaps.
8. Missing Teeth
Adults aged 20 to 64 typically have at least three missing or badly damaged teeth, but there are modern methods by which your dentist can correct such problems. Missing teeth allow other teeth to “drift,” cause bone loss in the underlying jaw, and affect how one chews and talks. Thus, you should consider getting a dental implant, a bridge, or dentures to prevent these complications and to improve you smile.
9. Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Somewhere between age 17 and 25, you will likely need to have your wisdom teeth extracted. The reason for this is that wisdom teeth often get lodged up against an adjacent tooth as they come in (called “impacted” in dental terms). In fact, 90% of the time, wisdom teeth will be impacted, which can cause cavities, gum disease, and damage to the teeth against which the wisdom teeth are impacted. Other teeth can also sometimes be impacted, and whenever this problem occurs, extraction is the best solution.
Your teeth are a valuable possession well worth protecting from the many dangers they face as you go through life. A quality College Station dentist with wide-ranging expertise can help you make them last and help you deal with every tooth problem that arises in the best way possible.