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Will it hurt?

There are few issues in our practice that have been the focus of as much emphasis as this one. Today, with advances in equipment and medications, our clients are much more comfortable in their treatment. Once we have a treatment plan outlined, your specific questions about discomfort and pain control can easily be answered. Above all don’t put off cosmetic procedures and certainly not needed dental care, because of past fears of pain. Give us the chance to show you what today’s dentistry has to offer.

Is tooth whitening safe?

Whitening teeth with carbamide peroxide has been proven to be safe for teeth and gums. Though some patients have experienced increased tooth sensitivity, these symptoms tend to disappear within 1-3 days. In any case, any reaction should be reported immediately to your dentist.

Who is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. Periodontists are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. In addition, they can perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to help you achieve the smile you desire. Often, dentists refer their patients to a periodontist when their periodontal disease is advanced. However, you don’t need a referral to see a periodontist.

When should I see a periodontist?

If you notice any symptoms of periodontal disease, including:

  • Gums that bleed easily, such as during brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A sore or irritation in your mouth that does not get better within two weeks
  • If you are thinking of becoming pregnant
  • If you have a family member with periodontal disease
  • If you have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or osteoporosis.
  • If you feel that your teeth are too short or that your smile is too “gummy.”
  • If you are not satisfied with your current tooth replacement option, such as a bridges
  • or dentures, and may be interested in dental implants.