Elmhurst Dentist Shares 3 Of The Most Severe Oral Health Problems Today

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Feb 22, 2022

In terms of dentistry, we believe that patients should hope for the best and prepare for the worst. The more you understand about dental damage—its causes and effects—the more empowered you will be to make good decisions for your smile. That is why our Elmhurst dentists have put together this quick overview of some serious dental issues. Keep reading to learn more…

Tooth Loss

Losing a tooth will dramatically affect the appearance and the function of your smile. Unfortunately, in many cases, when tooth loss is left untreated, it kicks off a series of oral health issues including gum tissue recession, loss of jawbone density, and additional tooth loss. It’s vital that you patients seek prompt treatment for tooth loss: for both aesthetic and health reasons.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when a patient’s oral tissues become infected with harmful bacteria. Over time these bacteria attack the underlying structure of the patient’s smile, including the gums and connective tissues. This is why untreated periodontal disease is so often linked to premature tooth loss. Additional symptoms of periodontal disease include chronic bad breath, loose teeth, and irritated/bleeding gums.

Nerve & Root Damage

The most sensitive and vulnerable parts of a tooth are found in the dental pulp at the tooth’s center. When external stimuli are able to access dental nerves, the patient will experience discomfort as a result. It’s important to treat this type of sensitivity with restorative fillings, restorations, or root canal therapy, so that the tooth does not become damaged further.

As you can see, there are a number of serious oral health problems that can derail your smile today and into the future. Whether you are interested in preventive treatment to avoid these issues, or restorative treatment to repair and rebuild your smile, our Elmhurst dentists are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team to get started!