Common Dental Problems

There are a number of common dental problems that can go wrong with your teeth. We don’t think about them, however, unless they happen. When a dental issue does pop up, that’s when you spend time wondering what your options are. Perhaps you should know your options beforehand. That might help avoid a lot of distress. Read on to find out more about the six common dental problems and what to do about them.


Tooth Decay: Tooth decay can cause pain, but not always. Treatment options include a dental filling or a dental crown.

Tooth Discoloration: As you age, your teeth can become stained or discolored by foods and beverages, medications, and other factors. For extrinsic tooth stains (those on your tooth enamel) an over-the-counter or professional whitening treatment can help. Intrinsic stains (the discoloration of your inner dentin) or stubborn extrinsic stains may require dental veneers.

Crooked Teeth: Crooked teeth are unattractive, difficult to clean, and may cause problems with chewing and speaking. Crooked teeth can be corrected with orthodontic treatment such as traditional metal braces, clear braces, or other appliances.

Wisdom Teeth: Many people have difficulty with their wisdom teeth because they will grow in crooked, only partially erupt, or become impacted. Extraction is often required for such cases.

Gum Disease: Periodontal disease is on the rise. Half of the American adult population has some form of gum disease. In its earliest stages gum disease can be reversed via treatment. However, once it becomes severe it can only be controlled.

Missing Teeth: If you have missing teeth, you have several treatment options to choose from including implants, bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures.

 About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.