Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth can develop when gum tissues recede and expose the root surface of your teeth. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin (root surface) to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. Speak to usFAQ in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth. For minor cases, a number of toothpastes, even some dental procedures can greatly reduce sensitivity. For more severe cases, more advanced procedures such as gum grafting will be required.
What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
The most important action for you to take in preventing dental disease is to brush and floss twice a day. Although these steps alone are not enough to treat disease once is has already set in, they are absolutely critical in maintaining the health of your gums and teeth after treatment has stabilized your oral health. In addition, it is critically important that you maintain professional cleanings at prescribed intervals to maintain the stability of your oral health.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums become inflamed, without bleeding or irritation sometimes. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular homecare and hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our office will teach you the proper flossing techniques and Oral Hygiene protocol for Home Care that can prevent Periodontal Disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease requires two factors to develop in an individual. The first is a susceptible host. The second is bacteria. We can’t change your genes but we can help you through treatment and education to stabilize the progression of periodontal disease. Many people are not aware that they have periodontal disease because it is an inflammatory disease and as such is ot accompanied by pain until it is often too late to save the tooth. Common symptoms include:
- Bad Breath
- Gum Recession
- Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
- Tooth Pain
- Tooth Loss
How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?
Treatment options for periodontal disease are many and depend on the severity of your particular case. Dr. Boynton always prefers to start with conservative non-surgical methods. Often these methods with patient compliance are enough to stop the progression towards tooth loss. It can not be over emphasized that there is no cure for periodontal disease since there is a strong genetic component. Nonetheless, a compliant patient can stop the progression of tooth loss through discipline home care and compliance with prescribed treatments.
How Can I Improve My Smile?
There are several ways in today’s Dental World to enhance your smile and we have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. Certain procedures include:
- Tooth Whitening
- Gum Grafting/Reduction Procedures
- Porcelain Veneers/Crowns
- Dental Implants
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.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
Fees vary from dentist to dentist. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.
How long does a Dental Implant last?
With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, a Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.
Does your office offer financing for services provided?
Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!