Q & A

Why are teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth can be the result of slightly receded gums.  The receded gums allows underlying dentin to be exposed, which means the sensitive nerve comes into contact with water and food.

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

You can start with a great oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing and flossing are key to maintaining optimal dental health and minimize the risk of gingivitis and decay.

What is the cause of Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is caused by bacteria that irritates the gums, causing inflammation and bleeding. This condition can be prevented by making regular hygiene visits to the dentist.

How does periodontal disease come about?

Periodontal disease can suddenly occur with little or no symptoms. They are caused by bacteria surrounding the teeth and entering the gums. Without proper treatment, the condition can worsen and cause symptoms such as tooth abscesses, pain, tooth loss, bad breath, gum recession, and increased gum sensitivity.

How is periodontal disease treated?

You can treat periodontal disease through multiple treatments. These include root planing and scaling, laser therapy and local antibiotics, and periodontal cleanings.

How is a white filing and silver filling different?

Silver fillings are produced from metal alloys and have been used for decades. The metal is placed inside the mouth and expand or contract with hot or cold temperatures. White fillings are known as composites and can be produced from plastic or glass polymers. The cosmetic fillings allow the cavity to be filled with a substance that will look and feel like your natural teeth.

What treatments can improve my smile?

The following treatments can enhance your smile:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain crowns

What occurs during teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening will be provided in a supervised setting and involves using a special gel to improve the color of your teeth. The gel can be applied to a tray worn on your teeth and will be hardened with a special curing light.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is an efficient and cost-effective procedure that can fill gaps in front teeth and improve your tooth color. The results are immediate and dramatic.  After a few hours, you can enjoy a pleasing smile.

What do porcelain veneers do?

Porcelain veneers fit directly into your teeth. They change the size, shape, and color of your teeth.  This is a recommended cosmetic procedure to repair fractured teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, or discoloration.

What are the benefits of crowns?

Crowns can improve the size, shape, and color of your teeth in as little as two visits.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants can look and function like your natural teeth, providing a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implant candidates include most patients, especially those in need of a functional, cosmetic restoration for missing teeth.

How long will a dental implant last?

Dental implants in the most well-maintained conditions can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

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