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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – North Providence, RI

Answering Your Questions About Biological Dentistry

A big aspect of biological dentistry is education – in other words, making sure you have a firm grasp on your oral health, your overall health, and the kind of treatment you pursue. We’re always happy to answer your questions, of course, but if you’d like to save some time, you can check to see if you can find the answer to your inquiry on this page.

How Often Do I Need to See the Dentist?

You should have at least two dental checkups and cleanings each year, which means coming into our dental office at least once every six months. Some issues such as gum disease may require more frequent attention, so we might need to ask you to come in more often.

What Makes Biological Dentistry Different?

Biological dentistry is built around the mouth-body connection, which is the idea that health issues in the mouth or the body will ultimately have an effect on the other. In addition to regular dental services, a biological dentist might also look at all aspects of your life (such as diet and lifestyle) and discuss ways you can improve your overall health. Biological dentistry also involves using biocompatible and safe materials to repair decayed or broken teeth.

What Kind of Biological Treatments are Available?

We can remove amalgam fillings and replace them with a more biocompatible composite resin. The process follows a very specific procedure so that you aren’t exposed to excessive amounts of mercury. Ozone therapy is available to fight tooth and gum infections without the need for invasive surgery.

Are Bleeding Gums a Problem?

If your gums bleed easily after brushing or flossing, you might have gum disease. This condition is considerably easier to treat if it’s caught early. As such, you should schedule an appointment with us right away even if the bleeding only seems to be mild at first; waiting too long can put the teeth at risk.

Is a Sensitive Tooth an Emergency?

A tooth might be sensitive because its roots have been exposed. This can be a side effect of gum disease causing the soft tissues in the mouth to recede. Another possible issue is that the enamel has weakened due to brushing too hard or grinding the teeth at night. In some cases, it might even mean that the tooth is decayed or damaged. It’s important to have sensitive teeth examined immediately so that we can figure out the cause and what you can do to keep them safe in the future.

How Can I Improve My Smile?

A metal-free crown or a veneer can completely restore the appearance of a tooth and hide any number of flaws. Lumineers are a good option if you want the dramatic changes of veneers without having to alter the teeth. If you’re bothered by a less-than-bright smile, you might want to think about teeth whitening. These are just a few examples of cosmetic dentistry; schedule a consultation with us today to learn more.

Do You Take My Insurance?

We take many major insurance plans, including Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Metlife, Humana, and many more. You can check our insurance page to see if your plan is listed there; if not, call with your policy information to see if we take it.