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My teeth are sensitive, what might be the cause?
Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling, or gum disease. Its always best to have your dentist investigate any issue.

Can gum disease and tooth decay be prevented?
Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches), such as breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth. Except in unusual cases, you can help prevent gum disease by brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner once a day as well as practicing a healthy, well balanced diet.

Gingivitis? What is it it?

Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease. To help prevent Gingivitis, Use Antibacterial Toothpaste. It can help fight plaque all day and night, long after you've completed your oral hygiene routine.

What causes periodontal disease and how do you treat it?
Periodontal disease is common but largely preventable. It's usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups can greatly improve your chances of successful treatment for periodontal disease and can also reduce your chance of developing it. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, Swollen and puffy gums, purplish gums, bleeding gums, pus between your teeth and gums, bad breath , etc..

Treating periodontal disease can be done by Scaling and Root Planing. Scaling is done by your dentist Your hygienist removes plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. Root Planing is done when the root surfaces of your teeth are smoothed, or “planed”, to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth

What is the benefit of White or Silver fillings and is there a difference?

There are pros and cons to both white composite fillings and amalgam fillings. Pros for white fillings are less post treatment discomfort, less sensitivity and tooth color matching. Some of the cons of White filings are they typically more expensive, and the use of composite materials are ensure your dentist is a qualified cosmetic dentist.

Amalgam, or silver fillings, pros are they usually take less time, silver fillings do not require use of advanced dental tools or techniques and these fillings have been around for decades and have lasting safety and longevity.

Is Tooth Whitening right for me? What is involved?

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. Your dentist will need to assess your teeth to make sure that you are suitable for the treatment. Once it has been agreed, this procedure usually takes about one hour.

Dental Bonding? Is it right for me?

Dental bonding is an option that can be considered to repair tooth decay, repair shipped teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth and close gaps or spaces of your teeth. Talk to Dr. Smith about bonding on your next office visit.

What are Porcelain Veneers used for?

Porcelain veneers cover the front surface of one or more teeth with a thin shell of tooth-like material that are both functional and aesthetic. Veneers cover up up chips, worn teeth, or tooth damage.

What is a Crown? Are they permanent?
Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist. Your dentist will use a crown to replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining.

What is a Dental Implant? Are there Benefits? Am I a candidate?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth.

Contact Dr. Smith to see if you are a good candidate for an implant(s).

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