Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth can be from a variety of reasons. Tooth decay, gum disease, tooth wear, broken teeth and gum recession can all lead to tooth sensitivity. A common cause of tooth sensitivity is exposed tooth root surfaces due to gum recession. The root surface of the tooth is much more porous than the enamel of the tooth and sensitive to many stimuli including touch, hot, and cold. Brushing gently in an up and down motion and regular home care will help reduce receeding gums. There are several products and procedures available to help alleviate the discomfort of sensitive teeth. These can include, toothpastes, gels, fluoride varnishes, rinses, restorations, and gum grafts. Please let us know if you have any sensitivity. We will make a treatment plan to best fit your needs.
What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing twice a day and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. Avoid sugary foods and drinks. Drink water throughout the day and keep other drinks with meals. Chew sugar-free gum with xylitol to help prevent tooth decay. By keeping to a daily routing you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay..
What is gingivitis?
The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed when the bacteria in plaque is not removed adequately by regular brushing and flossing techniques. In order to prevent the condition from progressing, regular hygiene visits are a must, along with routine home care.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. The precursor for periodontal (gum) disease is gingivitis. If plaque is not removed regularly from the teeth it will calcify and stick to the tooth. This is called tartar, or calculus. Tartar is an irritant to the supporting tooth structures like gums and bone. The gums and bone receed from the teeth to get away from the tartar. This can lead to tooth loss. Symptoms include:
- Bad Breath
- Gum Recession
- Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
- Tooth Pain
- Tooth Loss
How is periodontal disease treated? Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Scaling & Root Planing, Laser Therapy and Localized Antibiotic delivery, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal Surgery may be necessary if the tissues do not respond well to conservative therapies.
What is the difference between white and silver fillings?
Silver Fillings, also known as amalgam restorations, have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, it is still a reliable and safe way to restore teeth with decay. Most insurance companies have more coverage for silver fillings as opposed to white fillings due to their longevity.
White Fillings, also known as composite restorations, have also been used reliably for years. These aesthetically pleasing fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. Less tooth structure is removed to place composite fillings as opposed to amalgam fillings. The composite color will match the existing tooth beautifully.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are placed to fill the deep grooves and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. Sealants are usually placed soon after the permanent molars erupt, around 6 and 12 years of age.
How can I improve my smile?
There are many ways to enhance your smile. We customize treatment based on your main concers. These treatments can include:
- Tooth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Crowns
We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For a consultation, please call our office.
Does your office offer financing for services provided?
Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!