Our Toluca Lake Dentist Explains How Structural Dental Problems Can Impact Oral Health

Written by Dr. McKay on Sep 3, 2019

Properly caring for our smiles, and ensuring dental health for the long-term, is about a lot more than simply brushing and flossing and recommended. We all know that cavities and gum disease are damaging, but the truth is that there are structural dental issues that can be just as harmful. Keep reading to learn more from our Toluca Lake dentists

So, what do we mean when we talk about structural dental problems?

Your oral health is affected by the way the individual components of your smile come together and coordinate. If, for example, you are experiencing jaw problems, your teeth and gums can suffer as a result.

One of the biggest structural problems that patients experience is jaw dysfunction. When your top and bottom teeth do not come together comfortably and evenly, your entire smile can suffer as a result.

Jaw issues, and bite misalignment may contribute to:

  • Uneven dental wear and tear
  • Weakened enamel, which is more susceptible to infection and damage
  • TMJ damage, which may manifest as jaw discomfort and limited jaw mobility
  • Dental grinding and clenching

By perfecting dental alignment and refining the way your smile comes together, you can safeguard your oral health for the future. There are a number of ways to achieve dental harmony, including:

  • Undergoing orthodontic treatment to move your natural teeth into better respective positions
  • Replacing aging restorations with custom-crafted crowns
  • Building up selective teeth using dental bonding
  • Shaping natural dental enamel to minimize irregularities

When you meet with our Toluca Lake dentists, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what types of treatments may be right for your situation. You can always reach our team by giving our office a call or using the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry and your contact info. We look forward to speaking with you!