Many people have symptoms of dental problems but don’t realize that they may be caused by a treatable dental condition. Here are some frequently described symptoms:
I Have Old Metal Fillings That Are Unattractive and Uncomfortable
Amalgam (silver) fillings were the standard in modern dentistry. More and more, these old metal fillings are being replaced with the new standard, composite resin fillings. These “white fillings” are more attractive and durable, blending with the tooth for a virtually invisible appearance. If you have larger cavities, we may recommend treatment with porcelain dental inlays or onlays which cover the biting surface of the tooth. In some cases, teeth that are significantly weak and at risk of breaking may be treated with dental crowns. A dental crown covers the entire tooth to restore strength and beauty.
My Gums Bleed or Are Sore When I Brush Them
Gums that bleed or that are sore may be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease affects three out of four Americans, according to a survey by The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). Periodontal therapy is the treatment of gum disease and the factors that contribute to gum disease. Dr. Hoard provides many in office therapies to treat gum disease. In more complex cases, Dr. Hoard works with a periodontist, Dr. Jeffrey Thomas.
My Teeth are Dark, Stained or Discolored
One of the most requested procedures in cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. Fast, safe and affordable, teeth whitening can make a significant improvement in the appearance of the smile.
My Teeth Are Crooked, Overlapping or Have Gaps Between Them
There are many options for making your teeth straighter. Orthodontics focuses on straightening teeth, Dr. Hoard works with a local orthodontist, Dr. Todd Rankin for patients who need to straighten teeth that are crooked or crowded. For issues with gaps or spaces between the teeth, dental crowns or porcelain veneers may be used.
My Jaw Makes a Popping or Clicking Noise
A popping or clicking noise in the jaw joint (TMJ) may be a sign of instability in the occlusion (bite). Dr. Hoard will conduct a comprehensive examination to determine if you do indeed have an unstable bite. Depending on your specific condition, we will recommend a variety of treatment options including TMJ Therapy to correct the disfunction and repair any damage that may have been caused.
I am Missing Teeth, Broken or Damaged Teeth
Accidents and physical trauma are common reasons for missing teeth, but also gum disease, tooth decay and age contribute to missing teeth. There are a number of excellent options for replacing missing teeth depending on your condition, age and lifestyle. Dental Crowns are a conservative method used to preserve natural teeth that may be weakened or broken. Dental Implants require a significant investment, but provide a permanent solution for tooth loss. Dental implants may be used to replace a single tooth or used in combination with dental bridges, dentures or partial dentures.
My Teeth Have Jagged, Chipped or Rough Edges
Worn teeth may be a sign of instability in the bite and indicate TMJ disorders. Dr. Hoard will conduct a comprehensive examination, to identify signs of instability in the teeth, jaw joints (TMJ), muscles and bones. Any instability can be treated and corrected and teeth can be repaired using a variety of methods including dental crowns, porcelain veneers or dental implants.
I Experience Headaches or Migraines
Millions of dollars are spent each month on over the counter pain killers to treat headaches and migraine. In some cases, headaches can indicate an unstable occlusion (bite). Dr. Hoard will complete a comprehensive examination to determine the balance and stability of your bite and create a personalized treatment plan to correct any instability.
If you are experiencing these or other symptoms, please contact our office for a consultation. Dr. Hoard will perform a comprehensive examination to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan to achieve a smile that is healthy, beautiful and long lasting.