General FAQ

1. What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
2. Why are my teeth sensitive?
3. What is Gingivitis?
4. What is periodontal disease?
5. How is periodontal disease treated?
6. What is the difference a white and silver filling?
7. How can I improve my smile?
8. What is tooth whitening?
9. What is bonding?
10. What are porcelain veneers?
11. What are crowns?
12. What is a dental implant?
13. What are the benefits of dental implants?
14. Who is a candidate for dental implants?
15. What does the dental implant procedure involve?
16. How much does a dental implant cost?
17. How long does a dental implant last?
18. Does your office offer financing for services provided?


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

The most important preventive measures against gum disease and tooth decay take place at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to maintain good oral health.


2. Why are my teeth sensitive?

There is a huge range of potential causes for sensitive teeth. While cracks, decay, gum line recession, and teeth grinding can be obvious causes, recent dental procedures or overzealous brushing can also cause increased sensitivity. There are numerous toothpastes and gels designed to help with sensitive teeth, but if they’re not having the desired effect it may be time to contact us for more information and treatment options.


3. What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a gum condition characterized by inflamed, painful, or bleeding gums caused by bacteria in plaque along the gum line. At this stage, the condition is likely still reversible with proper dental hygiene. We recommend scheduling regular hygiene appointments, where our team will be happy to show you good oral hygiene techniques to keep your gums Gingivitis free.

Left untreated, Gingivitis may progress to periodontal disease. For more information, visit our periodontal section.


4. What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease can be described as the advanced form of Gingivitis. On top of inflamed, painful, or bleeding gums, symptoms may include:

  • Bad breath
  • Recession of the gums
  • Gum sensitivity
  • Abscesses
  • Bone loss
  • Pain in the teeth or gums
  • Tooth loss

If you suspect you may have periodontal disease, it’s important that you contact us immediately to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit our periodontal section.


5. How is periodontal disease treated?

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that requires immediate attention. Treatment options include cleanings, scaling and root planing, laser therapy, and antibiotics. In very severe cases, periodontal surgery may be required.

For more information, visit our periodontal section.


6. What is the difference a white and silver filling?

Silver, or amalgam, fillings are made of metallic alloys. Although they’ve been around for more than a century, amalgam fillings are still a strong restoration option, as their ability to expand and contract with temperature prevents bacteria from entering a restored tooth.

White fillings are composite fillings made of plastic or glass polymers, and are applied as a resin, which hardens into a filling. The chief advantage of white fillings is that they’re made to look and feel identical to the existing tooth.


7. How can I improve my smile?

Dental technology has come a long way in recent years. Some of the procedures we can use to help improve your smile are:

For more information and a complete list of procedures, visit our cosmetic and restorative dentistry sections.


8. What is tooth whitening?

Tooth whitening is the application of whitening gel using custom-made dental trays. For more information, visit our whitening section.


9. What is bonding?

Bonding is an easy and cost-efficient way to fix gaps, cracks, chips, discoloration, and other defects in a tooth. For more information, visit our bonding and white filling section.


10. What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain affixed directly to the surface of your teeth to fix gaps, cracks, chips, discoloration and other defects. Patients who receive veneers often feel younger and more confident. For more information, visit our veneers section.


11. What are crowns?

Crowns are essentially tooth-shaped caps fitted over teeth, and are required if a tooth is weakened, decayed beyond the help of filling or bonding, or has undergone root canal therapy. Additionally, patients may choose to receive crowns for aesthetic purposes. For more information, visit our crowns section.


12. What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are prosthetic teeth. A screw-like object made of titanium is affixed to the jaw, and acts as an anchor upon which a fully synthetic tooth can be placed. For more information, visit our dental implants section.


13. What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Implants are a permanent solution that eliminate the need for additional teeth to be compromised, as with dentures or bridges. For more information, visit our dental implants section.


14. Who is a candidate for dental implants?

With the possible exceptions of those with chronic illness, heart conditions, or severe osteoporosis, most people are candidates for dental implants.


15. What does the dental implant procedure involve?

Visit our dental implants section for a in-depth look at the implantation process.


16. How much does a dental implant cost?

The cost of dental implants is highly variable. Contact us today to discuss the associated fees and procedures.


17. How long does a dental implant last?

Dental implants are maintained just like natural teeth, and can last from 30 years to a lifetime with proper care.


18. Does your office offer financing for services provided?

Please contact us to discuss financing options. We’d love to help you improve your smile!