Q & A

Why are my teeth sensitive?

There are many reasons why teeth can be sensitive, such as receding gums, gum disease, cavities or infection. To manage sensitivity, it is important to first get a diagnosis from your dentist so it can be properly treated. There are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Ask us about your options if you have sensitive teeth.

How can I improve my smile?

There are several ways to enhance your smile include bleaching, white fillings, porcelain veneers and/or porcelain crowns. To learn how we can best help you achieve the best smile possible, please contact our office so we may schedule a consult with you.

What are porcelain veneers? 

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. This entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Many times, patients ask for porcelain veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay? 

Excellent teeth and gum care start at home. Twice daily brushing and flossing is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By maintaining a daily routine, you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay. Our office can also offer unique tools, tips and tricks. 

What is gingivitis? 

Gingivitis is a condition caused when plaque surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. Gingivitis is reversible and can be treated with regular hygiene visits and proper home care. During your visit, your hygienist will teach you the proper flossing and brushing techniques to treat gingivitis and prevent it from occurring again. 

What is periodontal (gum) disease? 

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. If the plaque and tartar is not properly removed, the gums and eventually bone recedes. If not properly treated, the condition worsens and noticeable symptoms can include bad breath, gum recession, sensitivity to acidic foods, gum abscesses, tooth pain and/or loosening of teeth.

How do you treat periodontal disease? 

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of periodontal deep cleanings, this condition can be controlled and bone loss can be prevented. In severe cases, periodontal surgery may be necessary.

What is a dental implant? 

A dental implant is a replacement for a missing tooth or several teeth. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is surgically placed under the gum and directly into the bone. After 3-4 months, the bone integrates with the dental implant and a patient is ready for the implan crown to be placed on top of the implant. 

Does your office offer financing for services provided? 

Financing is available on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to discuss the options we have available.

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