Our multi-specialty dental practice has been serving the Main Line for over 40 years. We strive to provide a warm, relaxed environment so that our patients feel at home throughout treatment. Our mission is to provide exceptional service, with an uncompromising commitment to the highest level of dental care. Below are a few of the most common dental problems we treat.
Tooth decay, which is commonly referred to as a cavity, is the decay of the outer surface of a tooth as a result of bacterial action. Tooth decay often occurs as a result of consuming carbohydrate-rich foods, such as cookies, candy, or soft drinks. These foods leave behind deposits on a person’s teeth, which then bond with bacteria and form plaque. Plaque produces acids that will eat away at tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.
Teeth naturally expand or contract in reaction to changes in temperature, so foods and beverages that are hot or cold can cause pain or discomfort to those with sensitive teeth. Even breathing cold air can be uncomfortable for people with extremely sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth may develop for a number of reasons. This can include tooth enamel wearing down, receding gums, or the development of microscopic cracks in the teeth.
In the early stages of gum disease, also referred to as gingivitis, gums will easily bleed and become red and swollen or gums may recede. When this progresses to a later stage, periodontitis, the supporting bone is destroyed and your teeth will shift, loosen or subsequently lead to loss of teeth. Gum disease can be prevented by careful brushing and flossing.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is frequently caused by food particles that deteriorate after being left in the mouth. Daily brushing and flossing is a great way to prevent this problem. However, if bad breath is consistent, halitosis may be a sign of gum disease, other dental issues or medical problems that may require professional treatment.
Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are small, recurring sores inside of the mouth. Canker sores generally have a white or gray base that’s surrounded by a red border. These can last for about one to two weeks, although the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents can lessen the duration. Another option is to treat canker sores with laser dentistry.
Please feel free to give us a call at (610) 664-6061, if you have any questions. We encourage you to contact us online or by phone. We hope to hear from you soon.