Q&A

Sensitive teeth can be caused by the gradual exposure of the softer part of your tooth which lies under the enamel called “dentin”. This exposure or recession of the gum line allows food and liquid easy access to the dentin causing nerve sensitivity. There are a few ways to help reduce sensitivity, such as toothpastes, desensitizing gels and even a painless in-office procedure. Please speak to us at your regular checkup or make an appointment if you have sensitive teeth.
Fluoride varnish is a highly concentrated form of fluoride which is applied to the tooth’s surface using a small brush or applicator. It is not a permanent varnish, but due to its adherent properties, it stays in contact with the tooth’s surface for several hours. A patient can immediately rinse after the varnish is applied. It can be used on children or adults to prevent decay, re-mineralize tooth surfaces and treat dentin sensitivity. Fluoride varnish applications take less time, cause less patient discomfort and are better accepted by children.
Gingivitis is a non-destructive form of periodontal disease. It is caused when poor oral hygiene allows bacteria to surround the teeth and gums. Gingivitis can be controlled with good oral home care and regular dental checkups. Signs of gingivitis may include:

  • Bright red swollen gums
  • Gums are tender to the touch
  • Bleeding gums after brushing
Gingivitis, if left untreated, will lead to Periodontal Disease. Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that may begin with little or no symptoms. Bacteria left to surround the teeth and gums cause infections that affect the gums and bone that support the teeth. The treatment for the disease depends on the severity. Please make an appointment if you think you may have Periodontal Disease.

Signs of Periodontal Disease may include:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Gum recession
  • Tender, deep red and bleeding gums
  • Gums sensitive to acidic foods
  • Tooth/gum abscesses
  • Tooth pain when chewing
  • Tooth mobility/loss
Silver fillings, also known as Amalgam fillings, have been used for decades. Because of the metal content, Amalgam fillings are strong and durable. They can withstand heavy biting pressure, therefore, are used primarily on the bicuspids and molars. Amalgam fillings are a less expensive and are covered by most insurance companies.

White fillings, also known as Composite fillings, are made of acrylic resin and glass polymers. Cosmetic fillings look and feel like your existing tooth structure. The material is tooth colored and looks very natural. Composite fillings are slightly more expensive and may not be fully covered by your insurance. Both silver and white fillings are safe, long lasting methods used to restore teeth to normal function. Dr. Ward offers both options to give patients a choice in their treatment. Please call the office to arrange an appointment to discuss the right option for you.

We have the capability to improve your smile with one of the many procedures that we provide for your specific needs. Please call our office to arrange a consultation to discuss any of the following procedures:

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Invisalign
  • 6 Month Smiles
  • Traditional orthodontics
  • Composite fillings
Tooth Whitening is a cost effective way to create a beautiful, bright smile. The ZOOM whitening process is done in the comfort of your own home. To begin the process, we take impressions to create custom trays used for the procedure. A few days later you will pick up your trays and whitening kit to begin the process at home. The duration of the process is different for each patient and will be fully discussed when you begin treatment. Whitening solutions have changed over the years and fluoride has been added to reduce the risk of sensitivity. The whitening process if maintained with occasional “touch ups” can last a number of years. The best time to start whitening is after a dental cleaning. Be sure to ask us about it at you next checkup or call to arrange a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for Tooth Whitening.