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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Boston, MA

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Do you have questions about how to care for your smile, emergency dentistry, or any treatments that we offer? Below, we’ve compiled a list of answers to the most common questions that we receive from our patients. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, feel free to reach out directly to our team.

How often should I visit the dentist?

The American Dental Association, as well as our team at Turning Leaf Dental, recommends visiting your dentist at least once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. These routine appointments will allow our team to spot and treat early signs of oral health issues before they have a chance to cause permanent damage to your smile.

What does a periodontist do?

Dr. Dahlia Salem is a periodontist, which is a specialist who has completed an additional three-years of training learning about specific treatments and techniques to care for the gums. Because of this, periodontists are able to conduct more advanced procedures for oral issues that affect the tissues in the mouth, like gum disease.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Here are some common signs of gum disease to keep an eye out for:

  • Swollen, tender, or red gums
  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Gum recession that makes your teeth appear longer
  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • Permanent tooth loss
  • Chronic bad breath

Will my dental insurance benefits cover an emergency visit?

Your dental insurance plan is designed to cover the majority of costs associated with preventive dentistry. This means that if you require more extensive care due to a progressed oral health problem that has evolved into a dental emergency, your insurance may not cover the entire cost of your treatment. The best way to find out is to contact our team directly. Give us a call now.

How do I know if I grind my teeth at night?

Since people who have bruxism typically grind and clench their teeth as they sleep, many people don’t know that they have this condition. Here are a few signs to keep an eye out for:

  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Jaw joint stiffness
  • Lockjaw
  • Worn-down molars

Are dental implants the best option to replace missing teeth?

Dental implants aren’t always the best solution to replace missing teeth for everybody. To be a good candidate for this treatment, you must have a dense enough jawbone, be dedicated to maintaining good oral health, and have realistic goals of the process (which is important because it can take a few months to complete). The best way to learn whether dental implants are the right choice for your unique situation is to schedule a consultation with our team today!