Dr. Randall Stewart and Dr. Melissa Stewart provide comprehensive and comfortable dental services to patients in the Charlotte, NC area. If you have concerns about the health, comfort or appearance of your smile it is best to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
In many cases a small problem such as tooth damage can develop into a more complex concern when left untreated. We offer personalized dental care and treatment solutions for restoring your oral health and achieving your cosmetic goals.
Common Dental Concerns We Can Address
Bleeding Gums: Bleeding gums are often the first signs of gum disease. This stage is called gingivitis. If you notice your gums bleeding when you’re brushing your teeth, it’s likely that this is impacting you. Gum tissue gets inflamed and infected, making your gums swell and bleed easily.
It’s crucial to treat this condition early. Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. At this stage, pockets start to form in the gums, causing your teeth to loosen up or even fall out. Gum disease can also cause other oral health issues, like chronic bad breath.
Crooked Teeth: Crooked teeth are more than just an aesthetic issue. They can also impact your overall oral health. For starters, it’s harder to clean between crooked teeth, making them more likely to develop issues like tooth decay and gum disease. You may also experience issues with TMJ disorders or more frequently damaged teeth because of an uneven bite.
Various options can take care of crooked teeth. Invisalign gradually straightens your smile with clear aligners. Porcelain veneers can improve the evenness of your smile and take care of other cosmetic issues.
Missing Teeth: Just like with crooked teeth, missing teeth are more than an aesthetic issue as well. When you’re missing even just one tooth, your bite becomes uneven and your teeth shift to fill the empty hole. We can help you see if dental implants, a dental bridge, or other options are the best solution for your specific case.
These solutions look natural while making it easier for patients to bite and chew.
Sleep Apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is what you probably think of when you hear the words “sleep apnea”. This is caused by soft tissues in the back of your throat collapsing and blocking your airway while you’re sleeping. Common symptoms are loud snoring, waking up gasping in the night, or waking up and still feeling tired, even when you got a proper amount of rest.
At Stewart Dental Group, we utilize oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea. This keeps your jaw in a position that prevents the collapsing of these soft tissues. Sleep apnea is something that should be treated immediately. Without treatment, sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and even death.
Teeth Grinding: Bruxism is the name of the condition that involves grinding and clenching your teeth. You may not even realize you’re doing it. If you wake up with pain and tension in your jaw or you’re noticing extra wear or tear on your teeth, you’re probably grinding them.
Your partner or roommate may be the one that actually notices, or you may not know until a dentist looks at your teeth. Grinding is audible but usually unconscious, occurring during sleep or absentmindedly when you’re stressed.
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If you have any of these conditions, call the Stewart Dental Group at 704-255-4256. You can also request an appointment online today. We create a personalized treatment plan for you, ensuring to give you the best options for your specific smile.