We offer treatment for dental problems such as bad breath, large cavities, jaw pain, bleeding gums and missing teeth.
Treating Dental Problems
Bad breath is far from a desirable trait. Not only is it unpleasant to those around you, but it can harm impressions you make. Bad breath is often assumed to stem from poor personal hygiene habits. Yet determining what causes it can be more complex than not brushing your teeth.
Before allowing your bad breath problem to ruin your next date or job interview, learn what factors are at play so you can avoid it.
Foul breath, halitosis in medical terms, has one immediate cause but many aggravating factors. The trigger behind bad breath is almost always the work of bacteria in your mouth. These microorganisms feed off traces of food and saliva. As a by-product of their digestion, they produce foul-smelling substances. This is why, a few hours after eating, bad breath often rears its ugly head. Morning breath has a reputation for being especially gruesome.
The most popular and immediate method against halitosis is brushing and flossing after meals. But no home dental cleaning will ever be complete. Bad breath can come back – especially after eating sulfur-rich foods, like onions and garlic. If you noticed your breath have been getting worse lately, an aggravating factor may be causing your bad breath.
You may not know you have a cavity until it’s a big problem. Small cavities can be detected during regular cleanings and checkups. We can stop them from becoming large cavities and a potential dental emergency. However, even if you’ve neglected regular dental checkups or good oral hygiene, large cavities can still be treated before the decay worsens further.
Large cavities, or areas of permanent tooth decay, can lead to much bigger problems if left untreated. These include painful and severe toothache, abscess, an infection, and loss of the tooth. When a tooth is painful, it makes it hard to chew and eat, and your health might suffer as a result. Tooth abscesses can even lead to infections that can become life-threatening.
Regular dental checkups and ideal; consistent oral hygiene will make sure we catch cavities before they can worsen and become larger problems. However, if you have a large cavity several options for treatment exist. These include fillings, crowns, root canals, and, if necessary, tooth extraction. We can fix your cavity in Seton, Calgary SE and get you back on the road to good oral health.
Jaw pain can have a lot of different causes. It can be sudden and throbbing, or start out mild and gradually get worse. In order to treat your jaw, we have to figure out the underlying problem so it doesn’t become a dental emergency.
Jaw pain is often a result of grinding your teeth. Many people do this unknowingly at night while they’re sleeping, but others may do it as a result of stress. Cavities, an abscess, or gum disease can also cause jaw pain. It may also be a sign of a problem with the muscles or nerves of the jaws and face, most specifically the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
The TMJ is a joint that connects your jaw to your skull. TMJ disorders cause pain in this jaw joint, as well as the surrounding muscles that help control how your jaw moves. In these cases, TMJ dentistry can help you choose a treatment plan for your aching jaw. It may involve medication, pain relievers, bite guards, physical therapy, injections, or even surgery to replace or repair the joint.
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Bleeding gums can be worrisome when you’re brushing your teeth or flossing. If you’re noticing that during your everyday dental care routine that you have bleeding gums, it might signify a larger problem. Bleeding and swollen gums should not be ignored.
Sensitive gums can be a sign of early gum disease. Luckily, gum disease occurs in stages and the initial stage, gingivitis, can be prevented with good brushing and flossing habits. Other causes of bleeding gums can be more minor. For instance, if you get a new toothbrush or start a new flossing routine, your gums may bleed a bit at first and then stop after about a week.
Swollen/tender gums, bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth are all signs of more advanced gum disease, called periodontitis.
If you have missing teeth due to decay, trauma, or injury to your mouth, there’s no reason to live that way! Learn about the range of treatments that can help your imperfect smile. We can help you improve your quality of life and feel unashamed of your smile.
One of the main complications of missing teeth is bone loss in the area that supports the teeth (the alveolar bone). This can lead to bone loss in the jaw itself, as well as gum tissue decrease. All of these things may lead to problems with eating, speaking, and a pronouncedly aged appearance. The face begins to look sunken without the full underlying bone support. If some natural teeth remain, these can also start to shift out of alignment and affect your bite.
Non-implant options for missing teeth include removable dentures, partial dentures, and bridges. All of these are fairly non-invasive. Teeth implants, however, can help halt bone loss, and have the benefits of looking and feeling like natural teeth.