Common Problems

Common Problems

High-Quality Dental Care in Hixson, TN

We believe everyone deserves a smile they're proud to show off, and at Tennessee River Dental, our mission is to help each of our patients achieve one. As a leading dental practice serving the communities of Hixon, Red Bank, Soddy Daisy, and the greater Chattanooga, TN area, we're proud to offer a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments to our patients. If you're suffering from any common dental problems, we can help – and no what you're dealing with, we'll work with you to make treatment as convenient as possible for your lifestyle.

Common Dental Problems

The vast majority of dental problems we treat fall under a few categories of common issues. Thankfully, all of these are very routine problems that we can treat easily in our office. With a comprehensive regimen of treatment, preventive care, and oral hygiene, we can work with you to heal any dental problems and help you achieve your dream smile. 


Tooth decay, also known as cavities or dental caries, is one of the most common preventable diseases in the world. For most people, tooth decay occurs as a result of diet. Foods that are highly acidic, sugar-heavy, or loaded with carbohydrates can all contribute to tooth decay. This is because the sugars present in these foods interact with cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth, the bacteria break them down into acids that slowly corrode the tooth enamel. If this acid stays on the teeth for long enough without being cleaned, it will eventually eat a hole through the enamel, causing a cavity to form. The best way to prevent tooth decay is to eat a balanced, healthy diet that's low in sugar, combined with daily oral hygiene in the form of brushing and flossing

Sensitive Teeth

Another problem that many patients face is tooth sensitivity. For the most part, tooth sensitivity occurs due to microscopic cracks in the enamel of the teeth. These cracks expose the highly sensitive nerve endings inside of the tooth to the outside, which can make temperature changes from eating hot or cold foods and beverages painful. In extreme cases of sensitivity, even breathing in cold air can be painful. If you're suffering from tooth sensitivity, we can work with you to create a plan to help manage the sensitivity and treat the problem.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common dental problem for adults. Gum disease is a progressive condition, and while it starts out fairly mild, it can develop to be extremely severe if left untreated long enough. The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, a condition marked by red, swollen gums that may bleed easily. If left untreated, though, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, and eventually to chronic periodontitis, which may eventually cause severe problems including bone damage and tooth loss. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is through consistent, diligent oral hygiene, but we also offer a variety of gum treatments to help reverse gingivitis and gum disease if necessary.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

We all get bad after eating certain pungent foods like onions or garlic, but when bad breath goes beyond a post-meal nuisance and becomes a chronic problem, it's known as halitosis. The best way to treat bad breath is through strong oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing is sufficient for most people, and you can brush and floss after every meal if bad breath continues to be a problem. However, if you're still suffering from halitosis even with a robust oral hygiene regimen, it may be a sign of an underlying problem like gum disease – so be sure to schedule an appointment with us if that's the case for you.

Canker Sores

Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are benign open sores that form on the inside of the mouth due to certain bacteria. Canker sores are normally grey or white with a red border surrounding them, and they usually last about a week or two after forming. While they can be uncomfortable, they're basically harmless and not contagious, so they're nothing to worry about. If canker sores are causing a problem for you, however, we can recommend antibacterial mouthwashes or topical solutions to help manage them. 

Orthodontic Problems

While some of us are lucky enough to be born with perfectly straight teeth, most people will develop some form of orthodontic problem in their lifetime. These problems may come from missing teeth, extra teeth, overcrowded teeth, trauma to the mouth, certain childhood habits, or genetics – but in any case, we can recommend a certified orthodontist to help you treat them and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. 

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The problems on this list are extremely common – and thankfully, we can treat all of them with routine procedures in our office. Call us today at 423-877-3848 if you have more questions about dental problems or reach out to us at our contact page if you'd like to schedule an appointment for treatment. No matter what dental problems you're dealing with, we look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that'll last a lifetime!