Dental

10 Common Dental Problems

Check out the list of dental problem which are very common.







  • Dark (blackish-bluish) front primary tooth:- May indicate a change in the vitality of the nerve in the tooth, usually due to a past history of trauma to the tooth. Your dentist should be consulted.
  • Facial or gum swelling:- Most often indicates an abscessed tooth. Usually caused by a deep cavity or occasionally by a past history of trauma with subsequent nerve damage. In primary teeth the usual treatment is extraction; in permanent teeth, tooth pulp therapy is rendered. Your dentist should be consulted immediately to help prevent the spread of infection.
  • Cavities:- Dental decay must be treated in primary teeth as well as in permanent teeth.
  • Over-retained primary teeth:- A baby tooth still in position with a permanent tooth trying to come into the same space is over-retained. Immediate removal of the primary tooth is indicated. This most commonly occurs in the lower front teeth and sometimes with the upper front teeth.
  • When the child is older (7 - 13) it can occur in the molar and cuspid region:- The presence of baby teeth in the middle teenage years indicates a potential problem such as a congenitally absent permanent tooth, or an impacted permanent tooth. Regular dental care will allow the dentist to monitor this situation.
  • Primary tooth accidentally knocked out of the mouth:- Leave the tooth out and seek care immediately. And bring the tooth to show the dentist. If the tooth is intruded (pushed up) due to an injury, it can often be left to re-erupt but it must be carefully monitored.
  • Vague pain in gums:- Check for canker sores. These are very common in children and can occur in any soft tissue area. Medication can be given to relieve pain. Avoiding hot and spicy foods and drinks will diminish discomfort.
  • Fractured permanent incisors from trauma:- If there is no nerve exposure, the tooth can be restored with a bonded technique. Generally, on younger children, the sooner the treatment, the better.
  • Wisdom teeth:- Occasionally the third molars (wisdom teeth) will cause pain during their eruption. An infection called pericoronitis may occur when the tooth is not fully erupted. If swelling arises, immediate care is necessary to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Bruxism:- Bruxism (grinding or gnashing of teeth) is seen more frequently in children with disabilities. Bruxism usually occurs at night during sleep, but can be demonstrated throughout the day. This habit, continued consciously or unconsciously over a period of time, can result in tooth abrasion and loss of tooth structure. In permanent teeth, bruxism can lead to periodontal disease (bone loss) and/or a TMJ disorder (headaches, facial pain, etc.).
Bruxism can be diagnosed at a routine dental visit. Treatment may include bite adjustments, or a bite guard appliance. Sometimes no treatment is necessary. Often the habit is outgrown.

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