Frequently Asked Questions


Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often come from receding gums. When gums recede, it causes the underlying dentin to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels, and even some dental procedures that can be applied.

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

Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing daily is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. By keeping a daily routine, you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay as you age.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused by bacteria entering the gums causing irritation, inflammation, and often bleeding. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a gum disease that starts slowly. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as gingivitis. If not properly treated, gingivitis can worsen to peridontitis. Noticeable symptoms now appear. They include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscess
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss

How do you treat periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. It can be controlled through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing & scaling, laser therapy, and local antibiotics. Only severe cases require periodontal surgery.

What is the difference between a white filling and a silver filling?

Silver fillings, known as amalgam, are made from a metal alloy. Amalgams were the best restoration for fillings because the metal allowed for flexibility with temperature which kept most bacteria out of the tooth. 

White fillings, also known as composites, are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. They also fit and bind tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. Rather than having silver material in your mouth, the composite will match your natural tooth color.

How can I improve my smile?

There are several ways to enhance your smile. Certain procedures include:  

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Crowns

How much does a dental implant cost?

Fees for dental implants vary from dentist to dentist. Always schedule a consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile!

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