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  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics
  • Dr. Gregg Branscombe - Family Dentist loacted at MicMac Mall Dental Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that specializes in Sleep apnea and orthodontics


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Dental Issues and Solutions

Thanks to the development of faster and more efficient dental treatments, new pain-free dental techniques, and durable, aesthetically appealing dental materials, modern dentistry now offers a solution for virtually every type of dental problem. Patients of all ages can choose from a multitude of traditional or more innovative general and cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the health and beauty of their smile.
Patients tend to put off dental visits for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common sources of frustration is the sheer multitude of dental treatment options available and the mystery that surrounds many of these new techniques and treatments. If you meet any of the criteria in the descriptions below, click on the accompanying dental procedure links to learn about possible treatments, and take this opportunity to find out more about the costs, benefits, and risks of each treatment.

Unattractive Smile
When teeth are too short or long, stained, chipped, misaligned, or overcrowded, a dentist can combine multiple cosmetic dentistry treatments to transform the smile, or the patient can invest in porcelain veneers. Veneers can be placed over the teeth to mask virtually any cosmetic problems.
Discolored, Stained, or Dull Teeth

Stubborn stains from coffee, tea, and cigarettes can be difficult to remove with brushing alone. Teeth whitening (in-office or take home) can help eliminate these more superficial stains and also address staining caused by aging or prescription medication use, such as tetracycline stains.

Chips and Minor Gaps

Many patients are troubled by minor cosmetic issues with their smile, including jagged or chipped teeth and noticeable gaps between teeth. Dental bonding is an ideal solution for these minor imperfections. With a tooth-colored bonding material, your dentist can mask these imperfections in just minutes.

Mild to Moderate Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is common among patients of all ages. Once a dentist removes the decay, they will generally recommend filling the cavity with a tooth-colored "white" filling or reinforcing the tooth with dental inlays or onlays.

Severely Cracked or Fractured Teeth
When a tooth becomes so damaged or decayed that a filling or inlay/Onlay is no longer a sufficient solution, the tooth can be covered with a dental crown, or "cap." Dental crowns are designed to stabilize badly damaged teeth; they can be made of metal or an attractive porcelain or ceramic material.
Missing Teeth
There are several viable treatment options for patients missing one or more teeth – dental implants and implant-supported dental bridges are the most modern, permanent solution, but patients can also opt for removable full and partial dentures.
Crooked, Misaligned, or Overlapping Teeth/Bite
While more minor gaps and misalignment can be fixed with cosmetic dentistry solutions such as veneers or bonding, dentists generally recommend orthodontic treatment for significantly misaligned teeth. Patients can now opt for modern alternatives to traditional metal braces, including Invisalign® "invisible" braces.
Swollen, Bleeding Gums
Painful, swollen, or inflamed gums are often the first symptom of periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease treatment can consist of everything from a deep cleaning for the mildest form of the disease, gingivitis, to surgical intervention for advanced gum disease, such as periodontitis.
Severe Tooth Pain
Tooth pain can signify a variety of dental problems. Aside from decay, one of the most common sources of tooth pain is an infection of the root canal. Root canal therapy involves cleaning out the infected tissue and filling the canal to stave off further infection.
Jaw Pain, Soreness, or Stiffness
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint located where the jawbone meets the skull. When the TMJ is misaligned or the joint is stressed by other causes such as bruxism (teeth grinding), symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, and ear pain can result. Fortunately, dentists offer several treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ disorders, including bite appliances, orthodontics, and joint-relaxation techniques.
Severely Worn, Missing, and Broken Teeth
Patients who have neglected their oral health are often left with severe dental problems that require multiple restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments. To treat these patients, dentists can perform what is known as a "full-mouth reconstruction." Full-mouth reconstructions incorporate everything from thorough cleanings to dental implant restorations in order to restore the function and beauty of the smile.
Dental Anxiety
Dental phobia and a fear of the dentist’s office causes millions of Americans to avoid the dental treatment they need each year. Dental anxiety, whether mild or severe, can be addressed by any number of sedation dentistry methods, including oral conscious sedation with nitrous oxide or sedatives, moderate sedation with I.V. drugs, or deep sedation with general anesthesia. 

Understanding the Pro

Dental problems are among the most common health problems experienced by older adults. In fact, people over 65 with natural teeth have more tooth decay than any other age group and thus continue to need a yearly visit to the dentist.

Older people produce less saliva, needed to clean the teeth. Gums shrink with age, exposing the tooth to decay or infection. Furthermore, older persons may have difficulty flossing and brushing because of poor vision or problems moving their arms, wrists, and hands. 

Dental problems can lead to poor nutrition. Unfortunately, these problems are often not attended to by older persons, particularly men.

There are five dental problems common among older persons:
Dental Decay
When people age, their gums begin to recede. The roots of the tooth are exposed and it is very easy for cavities to develop in this area. Cavities can lead to infection and teeth breaking off. A yearly visit to the dentist is a good preventive measure. If the older person does not feel comfortable with the dentist you have chosen, find a dentist with training in treating older patients.
Gum disease
Plaque grows on the surface of the teeth. The bacteria found in plaque give off acids that cause gum disease. To prevent gum disease and decay, make sure the person you are caring for removes plaque daily by brushing and flossin g the teeth. An electric toothbrush may be easier for the person to use, but ask Dr. Branscombe or his staffto demonstrate how to use it. 
Poor fitting dentures
Dentures need to be checked and refitted on a regular basis because they can become loose or uncomfortable. Poor fitting dentures may drop when a person speaks, and they can cause chewing problems that can lead to poor nutrition. 
Dry mouth
Older people sometimes produce less saliva. Saliva is a natural mouth protector which limits the growth of bacteria, cleanses the mouth of food, and bathes the teeth with protective minerals; thus a reduction in saliva (resulting in a dry mouth) can cause dental decay. Dry mouth also can be caused by some diseases, cancer therapy, or by medicines such as diuretics, antihistamines, anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, alcohol, and other drugs that slow the flow of saliva. Ask Dr. Gregg Branscombe o a pharmacist if the dose can be lowered or the prescription changed. (See the "Moisten a Dry Mouth" section in this chapter.)
Oral Cancer
Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth, throat, tongue, and lips. If you notice red or white spots, sores in the mouth or bleeding which does not disappear within two weeks, make an appointment with the dentist or physician. These could be early signs of oral cancer.

Prevention is the best medicine. Many dental problems are preventable with good daily mouth care. If problems are caught early they are usually inexpensive and easy to fix.



*Dr. Branscombe is a Dentist located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia practicing General Dentistry as well as Orthodontics, Snoring and Sleep Apnea