Common Dental Problems
How to Screen for Oral Cancer Practicing a good dental hygiene routine that includes regular check-ups and teeth cleanings can go a long way in preventing many oral health problems. However, dental problems can occur no matter how well you care for your teeth and gums.
Drawing on a broad range of proven experience and utilizing the most advanced dental technology, the Bellevue dentistry team at Cooley Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can correct virtually any dental problem. Following are some of the dental conditions we most commonly address as well as their treatment options.
Tooth Decay and Cavities
The accumulation of bacteria on your teeth can erode your tooth enamel and allow the bacteria to spread deeper into your teeth, causing cavities. Milder cases of tooth decay may be treated with porcelain inlays/onlays.
Cavities can often be treated in a safe, durable and aesthetically pleasing way by our Seattle area dentistry team with tooth-colored fillings.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, which can cause occasional bleeding and light swelling of the gums. If not properly treated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease that can cause the teeth to loosen from the gums and lead to the appearance of open sores and lesions on the gums.
There are a number of periodontic treatments available, including laser correction, depending on the level of gum disease.
Missing teeth are not only unattractive, but they can lead to serious oral health problems including plaque accumulation, premature tooth wear and bone loss. Implant Dentistry offers a durable, long-lasting and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth.
For patients with missing teeth who are not candidates for dental implants, dental bridges are often an effective alternative.
Bite Conditions and Teeth Spacing Problems
Improperly spaced teeth and bite conditions such as crossbite, overbite and underbite are common in both teens and adults. Braces have long been the standard for effectively correcting these problems.
Today, clear oral appliances like Invisalign® are an increasingly popular treatment option for bite conditions and teeth spacing issues.
Chipped and Cracked Teeth
Cosmetic imperfections such as chips, cracks and minor fractures can mar your smile, but they can also lead to further damage without treatment. Porcelain veneers are a durable and attractive option for repairing chipped and cracked teeth, and they are custom crafted to resemble the appearance and color of your natural teeth; they also protect your teeth from additional wear and damage.
Tooth bonding, sometimes referred to as dental bonding, can also be effective in correcting chips, cracks and minor tooth decay.
Discolored or Stained Teeth
Teeth discoloration becomes more common with age. But professional teeth whitening can restore a youthful, vibrant smile. Patients with deeper stains may benefit from porcelain veneers.
If you live in the Bellevue or Seattle, Washington, areas and would like to learn more about treatment options for common dental problems, please contact Cooley Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule your consultation with Dr. Aaron Cooley or Dr. Brandon Cooley.