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Do you have dental issues or worry that you’ll have some in the future? Get yourself acquainted with common dental problems and their solutions to help you maintain and achieve a white and healthy smile.

Tooth decay

Even when you brush and floss regularly, there are times when stubborn plaques find a way to stick to your teeth – especially when the latter is frequently exposed to acid. Tooth decay starts when bacterial plaques begin to destroy the tooth enamel. The solution depends on the severity; it can go from simple cleaning or dental filling to root canal treatment or tooth extraction. The key is to not put off a dental treatment at the first sign of tooth decay.

Tooth sensitivity

The cause of tooth sensitivity is the exposure of dentin when the enamel that protects it gets thinner. Thinning of the enamel may be caused by many factors, such as extensive brushing of teeth using a hard-bristled toothbrush, gingivitis, tooth decay, excessive acidic food consumption or teeth grinding. Your dentist can help you stop the sensitivity by prescribing a night-guard, a soft-bristled toothbrush, desensitising toothpaste, fillings or other treatments depending on the cause of sensitivity.


Toothache is a symptom of another, more serious dental problem. It may be caused by a deep cavity, dental abscess, fractured or cracked tooth, gum infections,etc. Dental emergencies are always seen promptly at Glenfern Dental. Your friendly dentist will perform thorough investigations to find out the source of the problem and treat accordingly to relief pain and stop further progression of disease.

Crooked teeth

Underbites, overbites, crowded teeth and incorrectly developed jaws result in crooked teeth. To correct this, your dentist will refer you to an orthodontist for a diagnosis. Depending on the severity of misalignment, the treatment may go from wearing traditional braces to jaw surgery. At Glenfern Dental we provide Invisalign treatments to adult patients with mild to moderate crowding or teeth alignment issues.

Teeth grinding

Also known as Bruxism, teeth grinding is common in both children and adults. Excessive grinding that happens frequently can cause damage to your teeth resulting in shortened and worn teeth, jaw pain or teeth sensitivity, cracked or fractured teeth or fillings. Depending on extent of damage, your dentist may prescribe a night-guard to wear during sleep, and/or provide restorative options such as crowns for protection of weakened tooth structure.

Teeth loss

Tooth loss is a result of a dental problem that’s left untreated, or accidents involving dental traumas. The most permanent and effective solution to teeth loss is a dental implant. At Glenfern Dental we only use local Melbourne dental laboratories who fabricate high-quality customized crowns, bridges and dentures that look and feel natural that you’ll hardly notice they’re artificial teeth.

Bad breath

Poor hygiene, poor diet, smoking and gum diseases are some of the common causes for bad breath. Treatment depends on what causes it. An antiseptic mouthwash can help mask the odour, but the best solution is to get your mouth checked by your dentist to find out the underlying cause and treat appropriately.

Periodontal disease

Gum diseases may arise from poor hygiene, smoking, hormonal changes, diabetes or other illnesses that can make gum tissues vulnerable to gingivitis (or periodontitis when disease involves the deeper tissues). Major signs of gum diseases are swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath that won’t go away, sensitive teeth and painful chewing. Do not leave the problem untreated, the longer you wait the harder it becomes to treat.

Mouth sores

There are many possible causes of mouth sores. It can go from dentures that aren’t fitting properly, stress or a more serious illness. It is important to have the mouth sore or ulcer checked immediately if it is persisting longer than two weeks.

Common dental problems can be fixed and avoided with the right help from your dentist. That’s why here at Glenfern Dental, keeping your teeth clean and healthy is our utmost concern.

Our team of dentists cover Wantirna, Ferntree Gully, and other surrounding areas. Get in touch with us on 9758 5625 to know more about our services such as restorative dentistry or Invisalign application.