Common Dental Issues
By Beckelman
August 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   tooth loss  

Whatever type of dental problems you might be experiencing, it is important to seek treatment. Your dentist can stop the problem from dental servicesspreading and improve your oral health. Common dental issues include gum disease, tooth decay and missing teeth. Treatments are available to correct all of these problems. At Leading Care Dental, Dr. Robert Beckelman is your Garden City, NY dentist for treating a variety of common dental issues.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, more formally known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums. Bacteria left lingering on the teeth can spread to the gums. Infected gums can ultimately lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Signs of gum disease include sensitive gums that bleed when eating or after brushing and flossing. Other signs of gum disease include receding gums, as well as red, tender or swollen gums. Major toothaches and chronic bad breath can also be signs of gum disease. Your Garden City dentist can halt the infection from spreading and restore gum health.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is another common dental issue and can result in the development of cavities or caries. When the decay affects a small portion of the tooth, it can often be corrected by cleaning out the decayed area and filling it back in. For situations in which the decay has spread to the tooth root and an abscess has formed, a root canal is needed to preserve the tooth and avoid extraction. The root canal procedure is similar to filling a cavity. The infected area inside the tooth and root is removed, cleaned out and filled in.

Missing Teeth

There are several options for replacing missing teeth, such as dental bridges, dentures or dental implants. Dental implants have become a popular tooth replacement option, as they are permanent and cannot slip out of place or fall out. The bottom portion of the dental implant is anchored to the jaw bone and acts as the tooth root. The implant is covered by a dental crown, which serves as the replacement tooth and can perform normal functions, such as biting and chewing. Once installed, dental implants look and function just like natural teeth.

Whether you have gum disease, tooth decay, missing teeth or another common dental issue, Dr. Beckelman, your Garden City, NY dentist, can help. To schedule an appointment, call Leading Care Dental at (516) 256-2424.