FAQs: Common Dental Problems

Have you noticed changes in your smile? Do you have symptoms but are unsure of the cause? We can help. Our dental office treats patients with a variety of dental problems in Bethesda, MD. We collaborate with our patients individually to find the root cause of their oral health issues. Then, we can choose the right treatment that matches their goals, budget, and current needs.

dental problems in Bethesda, Maryland

Dental Problems in Bethesda, MD

Read answers to questions about these common dental problems to learn more about the causes and treatments for these oral health issues:

Why do I grind my teeth at night?

The most common cause of bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, is stress and anxiety. Over time, patients can unconsciously clench their jaw and grind their teeth together during sleep or in stressful situations. Patients with crooked teeth or an abnormal bite may also be more likely to develop bruxism. This is because a bite imbalance places more stress on the teeth and jaw.

What can I do if I have dental anxiety?

Please contact our office if you or a loved one have dental fear or anxiety. We will work to accommodate you and ensure your comfort during your next dental visit. If you have extensive dental problems, we can help. Our office is a judgment-free space that welcomes all patients for care. Additionally, we can offer dental sedation if you are worried about treatment and want to feel relaxed during your dental care.

How do dental implants help patients with missing teeth?

Dental implants are high-quality restorations that we can use for patients with one or more missing teeth. Because dental implants are made of stainless steel or titanium, they offer a strong and stable replacement for lost teeth. We place implants in the jawbone to keep crowns, bridges, and dentures in place. Patients who choose implant-secured dental restorations experience more ease eating and speaking.

What can I do if I have bleeding gums?

Many patients can experience bleeding gums when they brush and floss. The most common cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis or gum inflammation. Gingivitis can eventually lead to periodontitis or gum disease. If your gums bleed when you care for your smile but don’t have any other symptoms, continue brushing and flossing. Floss at least once a day and brush twice daily for two minutes each time. However, contact our office for deep cleaning if you notice other symptoms like gum sensitivity.

Can dental bonding or veneers treat crooked teeth?

Patients who have slightly crooked teeth and do not require orthodontic care can benefit from dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Bonding treatment uses malleable, tooth-colored material to cover teeth. Dental veneers are thin shells that we bond to prepared teeth. While bonding benefits smaller areas of the smile, we can use veneers for all of the teeth in the smile line.

Do you have a developing dental problem? Call Bethesda Family Smiles today at 301.500.2205. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Srotalina Khanna on our website.