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Dental Problems And Solutions

Are your gums bleeding? Or are you feeling bad about missing teeth? Don’t be shy or embarrassed; we’re here to help. Discover more about these common dental problems and our minimally invasive, pain-free solutions. Our experienced team of Cape Town dentists is fully equipped and ready to help, no matter the issue. 

THE REVIEWS ARE IN...
Kate L.
kate L.
Dr Cara is so professional, she took me through the process step-by-step. The end result is so rewarding.
Maxine B.
Maxine B.
Truly the best in the business. The Optismile team was always so professional and so kind. We felt welcome at every visit and their support on this journey has been incredible. Thank you SO much! 🙂
Victor C
Victor C
Had an incredible experience with this clinic, from start to finish I was taken care of extremely well. The dentists are very knowledgeable and will only recommend and give you what you need. If you’re looking for a top-tier clinic, I wouldn’t look any further!
Bella B.
Bella B.
Best dentistry place ever. Harris Smeyatsky is an amazing orthodontist and Cara Loubscher performed a piece of art on my front teeth using composite bonding. Looks completely natural!And on top of it the entire staff is always going the extra mile. I can highly recommend Optismile!
Nastassja M.
Nastassja M.
Went to Optismile a few months ago to have my tooth fixed by Dr Shaa (which I will highly recommend) not only did he just fix my tooth but he explained in depth what exactly it is that needs to be done, he also explained every step of the way which brought me alot of comfort as my last experience by a dentist was not so pleasant.Not only did he fix a tooth but he also gave back my confidence in my smile as I had a tiny chip on my front tooth that he al fixed (which looks super natural)I flet no pain or any difficulty after my appointment, I am definitely going back to optismile to Dr Shaa.
Christopher B.
Christopher B.
Very professional, warm and accommodating. I would recommend to anyone
Sharene Van V.
Sharene Van V.
This might be a longer read than the usual review but this is the one that should matter most. Where to start... years and years of hiding my smile behind my hands or my hair (23 years)...and then we got a job on a remote island in Fiji half way around the world. Being in the hospitality industry and engaging with so many guests just made that a bit more of an issue. So when we got the job i said i will only take it if after the first year I can fix my teeth. So i googled and thanks to my miss spelling Optismile popped up. Due to the time difference between SA and Fiji we struggled to find a time that would work...and this is where it started. Dr Clifford moved things and made a time to do a video call interview and from the moment speaking to him I knew this was where I wanted to have my teeth done...but then the time we had available in SA was extremely short for the preparation leading up to my new vaneers but even that would not stop Dr Clifford from giving me a new outlook and a new smile. We flew half way around the world...drove from Yzerfontein to Seapoint for each of my appointments and the day before returning to Fiji I had my beautiful new pearlies...and some extra goodies to ensure that I am able to keep them pearly till our next return. In the chair his assistant was amazing knowing with each movement of my tongue where I needed suction and Dr Clifford was just the most caring soft handed Dentist ever. I am truly grateful to him and his team and there is only 1 choice to make if you need dentistry and that is Optismile. Nothing was impossible for Dr Clifford. Thank you for giving me a new smile I am finally whole.
Brandon K.
Brandon K.
Fantastic rooms, amazing dentist and dental assitant, world class service. 11 out of 10 💫
Caroline G.
Caroline G.
I started treatment here with the best mouth survey I’ve ever had with Cara using the latest high tech equipment and was given a clear dental plan.I was personally very encouraged with the health summary for my gums and teeth as I’m 61 and as an adolescent in the 70’s had 4 double teeth pulled and the whole UK train tracks of amalgam in most double teeth by the end of my teens, several ‘on trend’ root canals in the 1980’s which wasn’t the best start for strong teeth in older age. I spent the 1990’s slowly having amalgam out and gold or porcelain or composite fillings put in.I’ve seen a lot of dentists over the years and am only writing all this to encourage you if you are nervous or know you need some work.At Optismile I had the most gentle drilling I have ever had on an old large filling that needed replacing.It was superb work. Even the anesthetic was just what was needed and wore off gently and quickly.Highly recommended. Great value.
Tom D.
Tom D.
Brought my three daughters here (8,6,4) and we had a great experience all around. Highly recommend!
Bram L.
Bram L.
My experience with OptiSmile was great. I managed to get an appointment very quickly for my tooth ache and the support over phone in preparation of the appointment was much welcome and appreciated. Dr Clifford is very friendly and helped me out efficiently without having to go through unnecessary screens and test.
Isla G.
Isla G.
Hands down, best dentist I’ve ever been to. Professional, incredibly experienced, very nice surroundings, and exceptionally good with my children. Highly recommend.
Ethan B.
Ethan B.
Recently had my teeth done by DR Keira and I’m very pleased with the results. I don’t feel insecure about my smile anymore and find myself smiling a lot more !
Aaron J.
Aaron J.
Absolutely top-class and excellent in all aspects. Wonderful and friendly people throughout and world-class expertise, equipment, and care that is unmatched from anywhere else that I have seen. Highly recommend!
Katherine B.
Katherine B.
What a pleasant and seamless experience at Optismile. Friendly service and excellent dental advice! Thank you taking care of my teeth!
Aubrey F.
Aubrey F.
Very professionalChanged circumstances caused cancellation of appointment on Thursday
Oliver F.
Oliver F.
The best experience. I was suffering from a cracked tooth whilst travelling and contacted OptiSmile on NYE. I received fast and friendly responses with an appointment on the 2nd. They quickly identified and resolved the issue for me. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The actual space is beautifully designed and belongs in Switzerland. If only all dentists and healthcare providers were so great. Thank you!
John O.
John O.
Dr Clifford was beyond amazing. Best experience I’ve ever had with a dentist. Facilities and technology they use are the best I’ve ever seen. I went in with an issue my dentist had recommended a root canal for and wanted a second opinion. Dr Clifford said it wasn’t necessary and fixed my issue in a much less invasive fashion. Thankyou so much!
Ronan I.
Ronan I.
Absolutely amazing experience. I had a year and a half of Invisalign and then had Injection Molding done to finish it off. I had a completely new smile and a comfortable bite. I felt looked after through the entire experience, Optismile always went the extra mile for me.
David G.
David G.
Unbelievable results - I could not be happier! OptiSmile and Dr Harris Smeyatsky are among the best professionals I've ever worked with. Everything from the service, to the patient care, to the expertise, and importantly the final result, all of it was a pleasure.Dr Harris Smeyatsky is an expert and perfectionist. I felt like I could completely trust his advice and everything he was doing during my Invisalign and final bonding treatment, and I'm very grateful that he was my orthodontist during this process.Would highly recommend them!
Marlon M.
Marlon M.
Dr Steyn is an excellent dentist and the facility is world class with knowledgeable and pleasant staff
Wilmé Verwoerd W.
Wilmé Verwoerd W.
Couldn't be happier! Incredible service from start to finish with the entire team and Dr Harris & Clifford. Communicating via whatsapp and having friendly reception staff made the overall journey so much easier and enjoyable. Harris is THE guy to do invisilign with in South Africa and I can see why. 10/10 for results! Really enjoyed his personal and friendly approach ...he may even have convinced me that I like going to the dentist now. To finish my dental journey, I had injection bonding with Dr Clifford who was just as amazing. Will definitely only be going to Optismile for all future dental procedures. Big thanks to everyone
Bridget S.
Bridget S.
This is the most wonderful practice. I needed a lot of work done to my teeth and although I have a fear of dentists, I felt very relaxed and comfortable. I never had to wait, and the service was extremely efficient. I am very happy with the results.
Cindy C.
Cindy C.
Great service! I was on a cruise and chipped a tooth while at sea. I wanted to find a dentist at our next port in South Africa. I searched online and found OptiSmile. I was able to book an appointment online. The office was professional and the dentist fixed my tooth so that I could enjoy the rest of my cruise without worry. I highly recommend this practice.
Nzobella M.
Nzobella M.
Absolutely incredible experience from start to finish. I had been to many dentists all over the world to fix my teeth but all said it would take an average of two years. My entire treatment was complete within 4 months and I couldn’t be happier with the results. My teeth are perfect now and I cannot stop smiling. The staff and doctors were incredibly supportive and friendly and were always available to answer any questions. This is by far the best experience I’ve ever had at any dentist and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants the best!
Ingrid M.
Ingrid M.
Had the most relaxed, smooth and an amazing general experience at OptiSmile SeaPoint. Exceptional staff, super welcoming and friendly, great tech, the clinic is impeccably clean, and the attention to detail was not only impressive but very satisfying for the soul😊. I am in awe and absolutely delighted with Optismile. Dr. Cara and team, YOU ROCK💕
Ross B.
Ross B.
I couldn't recommend this practice more. I got injection molding, fillings and general teeth whitening done. They only use the best equipment, I felt super safe and comfortable every consultation/treatment. The offices/rooms are beautifully designed, far better than any other practice I've been to.Kinan (dentist), Olwethu (assistant) and all the other assistants involved in my treatment have been amazing. Super friendly, more than willing to explain their processes & help you pick the best treatment plan, and clearly care about their patients. Clear professionals, they're so good at what they do.I will say it's quite expensive but if you're able to pay for it, it is worth every cent!
Kowie L.
Kowie L.
Great equipment and staff to assisting in delivering an unforgettable experience.Took about a year to get the perfect smile!
Kim M
Kim M
I couldn’t have asked for more caring, kind and compassionate people to help me with my complicated case. I had a car accident many years ago and had prior work done by another practice which I started to experience severe problems with. I was so anxious to have them fixed but I’m so glad I came here and went ahead. They were incredible at taking care of my case and went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. Dr Clifford & his wife even came in on the weekend to help me when I was experiencing pain as well as dropped off painkillers and a care package when I was too weak to leave my house. I had to come in for an appointment on my birthday and the whole practice sang happy birthday to me. Thank you Optismile. I am very grateful for your professionalism, your thoughtfulness and for giving me my smile back! I will recommend you to everyone I know.
Lindsey H.
Lindsey H.
Very professional & accommodating, special thanks to Zanele, Verona & Dr Louis.
Benedetta T.
Benedetta T.
I had a very good experience at Optismile. Great attention for the patient. I’m very grateful to Dr Harris and Dr. Cara for making my smile looking beautiful 😍 and to the rest of the staff to be so patient and caring.
Patrick S.
Patrick S.
Most professional dentist I know, having lived in Netherlands, Belgium, and been to Dentists in US and Spain as well
Stephani S.
Stephani S.
I expected professionalism at OptiSmile, of course. What really pleased me was the caring attitude and approach to patients. In addition, the office was gleaming, clean with all the latest technology to take the experience truly to the next level. Most of all, though, is my appreciation for Dr. Shaa. He was totally with me in guiding and helping me to understand the procedure and his technique. I would highly recommend Dr. Shaa and OptiSmile. 5 stars +++.
Tania B.
Tania B.
Easy booking system. Instead of sitting in the waiting room filing in forms, I could do it online and save time. Was greeted and welcomed with a great smile and service by Widaad & I walked away with a whiter brighter smile given to me by Dr. Kinan and Olwethu, explaining the procedure step by step.
Kathryn S.
Kathryn S.
After my initial appointment via Google Teems I am impressed friendly and kind, for clarity, I have not had any treatment or follow-ups yet.
Sharon M.
Sharon M.
Very professional and welcoming. I felt like I was in safe hands. My treatment options were explained fully and I feel confident that I will receive the best possible care. So pleased to have found OptiSmile.
Melissa K.
Melissa K.
Dr Yudelman goes over and beyond to make his patients feel at ease and comfortable. From the advanced technology at the practice to the beautiful atmosphere, this has to be the best dentist visit I’ve ever experienced.
Anette A.
anette A.
Extremely professional. I would recommend them to anyone
Michael M.
Michael M.
Without a doubt the best dentist I have ever been to.Super friendly and efficient service, and the quality of the dentistry and work carried out is of the highest standard.
Richard P.
Richard P.
I've been to see Dr Yudelman for 2 Cerec restorations. I couldn't recommend him more highly. The practice is really professionally run and organised. Both procedures were completely, and I mean completely, pain free. I'd go as far as to say I actually enjoyed the experience.I’ve since been back for a third cerec restoration: Dr Clifford again did a flawless job. And once more, completely painless.
Cape E.
Cape E.
Absolutely amazing service, advise and assistance. We brought our 6 year-old to Dr. Shaa and he and his assistent were amazing with her. No stress, professional and super friendly!
Petra Q.
petra Q.
Lovely doctors. Gentle and caring.
Joanne M.
Joanne M.
I have had a fantastic experience at Optismile with Dr Shaa - He listened to my needs, attentively came up with a solution we were both comfortable with and within 3 weeks my smile has completely changed and I am SO happy with the results. Couldnt recommend this experience more - if you are on the fence - this is your sign to book an appointment! Thanks Dr Shaa!
Armando A.
Armando A.
Wish I could give Dr. Yudelman and his team 6 stars. Cannot recommend thier services and the optisleep enough!
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Life Is Busy Enough, Let Us Handle Your Dental Problems

Dental problems can be a real pain, literally and figuratively. Not only can they cause physical discomfort, but they can also be a source of embarrassment. Luckily, OptiSmile has dental professionals who can help you get your mouth back in tip-top shape. Whether you have bad breath, broken or missing teeth, or are short on time – we can assist. 

Why You Should Use Optismile to Fix Your Dental Problems

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Friendly Staff

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Get It Right the First Time

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No Hidden Costs

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Do No Harm

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Convenient Location

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The Best Technology

Common Dental
Problems We Fix

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Gum Disease

Your mouth is full of bacteria. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people on Earth. Most of the bacteria are harmless, and some are even beneficial. However, certain types of bacteria can cause gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to several serious health problems. For example, research has shown that people with gum disease are more likely to suffer from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Additionally, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for certain types of cancer. So if you’re concerned that you have gum disease, book online. 

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Bad Breath or Halitosis

Halitosis, or bad breath, can be embarrassing and cause anxiety. It’s no wonder store shelves overflow with gum, mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to fight bad breath. But many of these products are only temporary measures because they don’t address the cause of the problem. 

 

Certain foods, health conditions and habits are among the causes of halitosis. In many cases, you can improve your dental hygiene with consistent routines in looking after your teeth and gums. If simple self-care techniques don’t solve the problem, see your dentist to be sure a more serious condition isn’t causing your bad breath. The good news is that, in most cases, halitosis is preventable and treatable. So there’s no need to suffer in silence.

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Broken Teeth

One of the most common dental problems we see is a broken tooth. A broken tooth can occur for many reasons, but it usually happens due to an accident or injury. If you have a broken tooth, it’s important to seek dental care as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the break, you may need to have the tooth reconstructed or repaired. In either case, it’s essential to consult a qualified dentist to save the tooth or get your smile back into a confident shape. 

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Limited Time

At our office, we know your time is precious. We focus on your dental health so that you can focus on your life. We use the latest technology to provide the best care possible in the shortest time. We respect your time and promise never to keep you waiting. We understand that the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the dentist’s chair, so we do everything we can to make your visit as quick and painless as possible. You can trust us to take care of your dental health so that you can focus on what’s important to you. 

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Missing Teeth

At OptiSmile, we understand how important it is to have a full set of teeth. Not only do they play an important role in how we look, but they also impact our overall health. Missing teeth can cause various problems, including gum disease, TMJ disorders and even speech impairments. That’s why we offer a wide range of dental implants and tooth replacements for your overall health. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing personalised care that meets your individual needs and goals. So if you’re looking for a way to replace one or more missing teeth, we’ll be happy to help you find the right solution. 

Dental Problem FAQs

Take a look at our most common dental problem questions. If you have any further queries, be sure to ask.

Yes, hypothyroidism can cause dental problems. One of the most common problems associated with hypothyroidism is gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can eventually lead to tooth loss. People with hypothyroidism are more susceptible to gum disease because the condition lowers the body’s ability to fight infection. In addition, people with hypothyroidism may also experience dry mouth, which can lead to raised levels of bacteria in the mouth and an increased risk of cavities. Other dental problems associated with hypothyroidism include tooth decay, Halitosis (bad breath), and enamel wear. You must see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings if you have hypothyroidism. 

It may seem like a stretch to think that something as seemingly innocuous as a toothache could lead to an upset stomach. Still, there is a very strong connection between dental and digestive health. Oral bacteria can travel to the digestive tract and cause inflammation when it enters the bloodstream. This inflammation can lead to several digestive problems, including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea. In addition, tooth decay and gum disease can cause pain and sensitivity in the mouth, making it difficult to eat. As a result, poor dental health can indirectly cause various digestive issues. Therefore, it is crucial to see a dentist regularly in order to maintain good oral hygiene and avoid potential gut problems down the road. 

Many medications can harm dental health. For example, some medicines can cause dry mouth, increasing the risk of cavities and other infections. Other medicines can cause gum disease by interfering with the body’s ability to fight off bacteria. Some medications can make it difficult for the body to absorb calcium, which is essential for healthy teeth. To avoid these problems, talk to a dentist about any medications being taken. The dentist can then determine whether the medication will cause dental problems and make recommendations accordingly. 

Excess saliva can signify dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, or abscesses. When there is damage to the teeth or gum tissue, it can trigger the salivary glands to produce more saliva to wash away the bacteria. Saliva also contains enzymes that help break down food, so an increase in saliva production can also be a sign that the body is trying to digest something irritating the mouth or throat. In addition, certain medications, such as antihistamines, can cause dry mouth, leading to excess saliva production.

Dental problems can cause headaches in a few different ways. If you have a toothache, the pain can radiate out of your tooth and cause a headache. At the same time, an infection in your mouth can cause inflammation and pain, leading to a headache. Grinding your teeth can strain the muscles in your jaw, leading to tension headaches. If you are experiencing headaches, see a dentist to rule out any dental problems. Once dental issues are resolved, you may also find that your headaches go away. 

Teeth sensitivity is a common problem that is caused by many factors. One of the most common causes is exposed tooth roots. When the gum tissue recedes, it exposes the root surface, which is much more sensitive than the enamel that covers the rest of the tooth. Another common cause of tooth sensitivity is worn tooth enamel. Worn enamel can occur from aggressive brushing, clenching or grinding, acid reflux, or other acidic foods and drinks. Lastly, teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures due to microscopic cracks in the enamel. 

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