Common dental problems that our patients face Often many people don’t realise that they have a problem with their oral health until it starts to cause pain or decay becomes visible. It is very important for patients to understand that many serious oral health problems can occur, even if there are no visible signs or pain. Below are some of the most common dental problems that our team are presented with. Dental Anxiety Dental anxiety is one of the most common problems that we encounter in patients. Similar to dental anxiety, dental phobia takes this anxiety one step further. Both conditions can leave patients terrified at even the thought of visiting the dentist.Those with dental anxiety are aware that their fear is completely irrational, however, are still terrified and will avoid the dentist as much as possible. Those with dental phobia are terrified of the dentist and will only visit when in extreme pain. The team at Surf Coast Dental offer a number of solutions to make you feel comfortable in the dental chair. We believe that dental education is the biggest factor influencing anxiety, which is why we discuss your treatment with you, prior to sitting in the chair. Each and every stage of your treatment is explained before hand, so there is nothing to cause surprise whilst sitting in the dental chair. Tooth Pain Generally, your tooth will not ache unless there is an existing dental problem such as a dental cavity, a cracked tooth, an exposed tooth root, or gum disease. Tooth pain can be very mild to excruciating, depending on the underlying issue. An assessment of your oral health can help to determine whether the cause of your tooth pain is due to your teeth or jaw. Broken or Chipped Teeth Although your teeth are naturally very strong, it is still possible for them to chip or break due to biting on something hard, a traumatic event, or from grinding and clenching your teeth. Even if a broken or chipped tooth isn’t painful, it can still cause damage or stress to the tooth. In the long run, this can be incredibly painful and be detrimental to your oral and overall health. There are a number of cosmetic and restorative options that our team can offer to both repair the health of the tooth and restore it’s appearance. Infection/Abscess Most commonly, an infection of the tooth happens due to a contamination of the tooth’s root pulp. This can happen for a number of reasons, however, the bacteria usually make their way through the tooth’s structure and then in to the root. As the tooth’s pulp is connected to your body’s blood stream, it is extremely important to catch infection during its early stages. If not treated, the infection can spread quickly to other areas of the body. Likewise, an abscess is an areas where a rapid increase of bacteria lie at the tip of the root causing a lot of pain and discomfort. The bacteria from an abscess can keep multiplying in either the upper or lower jaw and cause damage to your teeth and overall health. Soft Teeth The term ‘soft teeth’ refers to teeth that are susceptible to cavities and decay. This may be due to a number of reasons, such as oral hygiene and diet of the patient. This lack of hygiene and poor diet can break down the enamel of the teeth and expose the tooth to harmful bacteria. Treating Dental Problems at Surf Coast Dental The team at Surf Coast Dental treat all areas of concern, ranging from minor cosmetic issues to severe restorative problems. Our team pride ourselves in offering a full suite of dental solutions, tailored to the individual patient to achieve an effective outcome. If you have one of the dental problems listed above or are worried about another issue, book a consultation with our friendly team today!