F & Q

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

Great teeth and gum care starts at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is 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. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home care that will prevent the periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. If gingivitis continues long enough, the infection can spread into the bone and bone loss occurs. Noticeable symptoms include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Loss
  • How do you treat periodontal disease?

    Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of periodontal deep cleanings, root Planing & scaling, and sometimes the use of antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

    Why are my teeth sensitive?

    Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows 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. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.

    What is a dental implant?

    A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.

    What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.
  • How long does getting a dental implant take?

    The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 - 4 visits. The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant. The next visit is to place the implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin the process of restoring the implant with an abutment and a crown.

    How much does a Dental Implant cost?

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

    How long does a Dental Implant last?

    With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, a dental implant can last a lifetime.

    Does your office offer financing for services provided?

    We offer no-interest payment plans for up to 24 months.

    Are you in-network with any dental insurance plans?

    Yes, we are In-Network providers for Delta Dental, MetLife, Aetna, Cigna, Assurant, Guardian, Humana, Lincoln financial, United Concordia, and United Healthcare PPO dental insurance plans. We accept and file for you all other dental PPO insurance plans.

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