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Why are my teeth sensitive?

Receding gum lines often result in sensitive teeth.  This recession of the gum line allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve, causing pain to you.  To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can help.  Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth and we can come up with a treatment plan to help you.

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

You may have heard this before, but great teeth and gum care start at home.  Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums and avoid dental mishaps, like gum disease and tooth decay.  By keeping up a daily oral hygiene routine, you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds your teeth and enters your gums.  Your gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed when inflicted with gingivitis.  In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular dental visits and a good oral hygiene routine are highly encouraged.  During your dental visit, our dental team will teach you proper brushing and flossing techniques and oral hygiene tips for home care that will help prevent periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a sneaky disease that begins with little to no outward symptoms.  Bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums is the cause of periodontal disease.  It is also known as ‘gingivitis’.  Your gums will become irritated, inflamed and often bleed with gingivitis.  If not properly treated, the condition can worsen and be more uncomfortable.  

Noticeable symptoms include:

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

How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention by your dental team. This condition can be controlled through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing and scaling sessions, laser therapy and local antibiotics.  Periodontal surgery is a last resort and only necessary for severe cases.

What is the Difference Between a White Filling and a Silver Filling?

Silver fillings, known as Amalgam, have been around for years.  They are made from a metal alloy because it was the best restoration material for fillings.  The metal expands and contracts with hot and cold food and drink that is placed in the mouth.  This allowed for little bacteria to enter a tooth once it was filled, which kept the tooth healthy and strong.

White fillings, also known as composites, are much more common today.  They are often made of plastic or glass polymers.  These cosmetic fillings allow dentists to fill a cavity with a substance that looks and feels just like your existing teeth structures.  Today, this restoration is created with a resin material that fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay.  Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match your natural tooth color.

How Can I Improve My Smile?

There are several ways in today’s Dental World to enhance your smile. Certain procedures include:

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns

We have the ability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures.  For a tooth enhancement consultation, please contact our office, so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure that creates a beautiful and shining smile. Over the years, fluoride has been added to whitening products.  This can reduce the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.

It is important to remember tooth whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

The whitening process can last for many years if maintained properly.  Coffee, tea, dark soda and wine will reduce the lasting effect of teeth whitening.  A friendly reminder of this is if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your teeth!

What is Bonding?

Bonding is a cost effective procedure that fills gaps in your front teeth and changes a tooth’s color.  The immediate results of bonding are amazing. Within a few hours, you will have a great looking smile!  Bonding, like tooth whitening, may change color over time due to certain beverages consumed on a regular basis.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly over your natural teeth.  This entire process can take as few as two visits.  Veneers can 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, a crooked smile or for just cosmetic reasons.  Many times, patients request porcelain veneers to feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

What are Crowns?

Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers an entire tooth. It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as two visits.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth.  A titanium screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jawbone.  There is usually minimal discomfort involved during this procedure.  After a few months, the dental implant and the bone will fuse together.  This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant and reveal a beautiful, full smile!

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • They look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • They are easily maintained by routine dental visits.
  • Dental implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • They can replace the need for removable full or partial dentures.

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

Most people are candidates for dental implants. However, there may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.

What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

The average dental implant procedure takes about three dental visits to complete.  The first visit is to X-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to be made to cover the implant.

The next visit is to physically place the implant in your mouth.  A local anesthetic is applied to the area.  The dentist will then make a minor incision in your mouth to place the implant.  The implant is then placed into the jawbone.  This area will then be covered with sutures.

Lastly, you will return in approximately three months to begin creating the permanent porcelain crown to place over the implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

An Implant Consultation with your dental office will help you determine all fees involved and discuss the procedure in full details.

How long does a Dental Implant last?

With routine dental visits scheduled and proper oral hygiene home care, a dental implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

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

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