Common Dental Questions

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Teeth sensitivity can arise from a variety of reasons:

- Clenching or grinding

- Recession of the gums

- Poorly formed or weakened enamel

- Tooth decay

- Tooth fracture or breakage

- Habitually eating or drinking acidic or sugary foods and drinks

- Tooth or mouth trauma

- Improper occlusion (bite)



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

Along with routine dental visits and exams, healthy 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. Keeping up this daily routine will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

What is Gingivitis?


Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria, plaque, and tartar rests on the teeth and gums for extended periods of time without being properly removed during routine home care. The gums can show signs of increased periodontal pocket depth, become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening regular hygiene visits are highly recommended.  


What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. Although sometimes exaggerated by genetics, it is caused by bacteria, plaque, and tartar that surround the teeth and gums without being properly removed by way of proper home oral care. The immediate condition often presents itself as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms now appear, which include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Increase in Periodontal Pocket Depth
  • Bone Loss
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic and Sugary Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss

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How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that may need immediate and consistent routine attention. Through a series of possible periodontal cleanings, root planing / scaling procedures, and local antibiotic therapies this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is only necessary for more advanced cases.


What Is The Difference Between Plaque And Tartar?

Plaque is a bacterial layer that forms on your teeth everyday and can be removed by tooth brushing and flossing. Tartar, also known as calculus, is what forms on the teeth with plaque isn't properly or routinely removed during home care. As the plaque rests on your teeth proteins and enzymes in your saliva calcify or mineralize the plaque making it hard and stick to the tooth like cement. Tartar can only be removed with instrumentation during a professional dental cleaning.

Especially in consideration of the incidence of periodontal disease, tartar can very damaging when located below the gum line. The tartar can rest within the pocket that the tooth sits within, therefore widening the pocket and helping to push food and bacteria deep below the gums and closer to the bone. In this scenario, periodontal disease can worsen very quickly.

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that may need immediate and consistent routine attention. Through a series of possible periodontal cleanings, root plaining / scaling procedures, and local antibiotic therapies this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is only necessary for more advanced cases.

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

Silver fillings, also known as an amalgam fillings, have been around for decades. These are made from a metal alloy, it was the best restorative material in dentistry for several years, however things have changed. With growing concerns of mercury exposure our office has decided to be a mercury/amalgum free office. In addition, in some cases over time amalgum fillings have proven to be damaging to structural integrity of the teeth over time. The metal placed within the tooth expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth. This expansion and contraction of the natural tooth, along with normal or excessive pressures applied to the teeth, can often result in tooth fracture and breakage. During routine exams our dentists will monitor these teeth for any potential issues or concerns.

White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. Unlike a silver filling that sometimes allows for bacterial leakage over time, this restoration is created with a resin material that fits tightly into a tooth to prevent further decay. Also, the composite color will match the natural color or your teeth versus a silver or gray color.

How Can I Improve My Smile?

There are several options you have enhance your smile. Certain procedures include:


Not sure which procedure is right for you? For a consultation, please contact our office so that we can provide you with a customized treatment plan.

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