Why do my gums bleed?
Bleeding gums may be a sign of poor dental hygiene. Gums become inflamed and bleed when there’s a buildup of plaque along the gum line. Plaque is a sticky film containing bacteria that covers your teeth and gums. This sticky film can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Healthy gums do not bleed!
Do I need to see a dentist if my teeth are sensitive to hot or cold?
If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three or four days and reacts to both hot and cold temperatures, it’s best to ask your dentist to take a closer look. Sometimes sensitivity may actually be a sign of a cavity or infected tooth pulp. Be sure to tell the dentist when the pain started and if there is anything (such as applying a warm compress) that gives you relief from the pain. Cold things usually means irritation of the nerve, hot things could be a sign of an infection. Let us take a look to see how we can help!
Why did my insurance not pay for my treatment?
Dental insurance is different than medical insurance. Think of dental insurance as a “coupon” or assisting in your payment for your needed treatment. It is actually a money benefit typically provided by an employer to help their employees pay for routine dental treatment. The employer buys a plan based on the amount of the benefit and how much the premium costs per month. Most benefit plans are only designed to cover a portion of the total cost.
Why do I need to have a crown?
You will need solid remaining tooth structure to support a filling if your tooth has a large cavity or decay. This is because the remaining tooth around the large filling is so weak that it is prone to fracture. Sometimes a large filling that has been in the mouth for a while will need to be replaced with a crown because the tooth shows signs of stress and cracks around the filling.
Can you make my teeth whiter?
Absolutely! We love creating your beautiful smile. There are many different products on the market that can help with a whiter, brighter smile. Ask us what will work for you.