FAQS

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 an inflammatory disease of your gums that can lead to progressive bone loss and eventual loss of your teeth. It is not normal for your gums to bleed, even when you brush and floss.

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
Abscesses
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.

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