Frequently Asked Questions
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth are often due to gums having slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying root structures to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive tooth structure. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and other dental materials that can be applied. Be sure to mention your sensitive teeth at your next visit. If sensitivity is causing an immediate concern, please call our office.
What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis are the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. By keeping to a daily 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 surround the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed, and often bleed. To prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are recommended. During your visit, our hygiene team will teach you the proper brushing and flossing techniques for home care to help prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when untreated gingivitis is allowed to progress and result in bone loss. If not properly treated, periodontal disease will worsen over time, resulting in bad breath, sore and receding gums, tooth pain, tooth mobility and tooth loss.
How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?
Your dentist and hygienist will help you identify a plan to control this condition based on the severity of your case. Periodontal surgery can often be avoided with less invasive measures such as periodontal cleanings, root planing & scaling, laser therapy, and local antibiotics.
How Can I Improve My Smile?
There are several ways our practice can improve and enhance your smile. Procedures include:
- Tooth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Crowns
We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. Please contact our office for a customized treatment plan.
What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth Whitening is a cost-effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. Over the years, fluoride and desensitizers have been added to the whitening product. This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity. Tooth whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.
The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect. If it can stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!