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Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often result from gums that have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through, which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. Thankfully, there are many ways to manage tooth sensitivity. Dr. Rowe can provide you with more information on toothpastes, gels and dental procedures specially designed to keep your tooth sensitivity at a minimal level. We can provide you with the appropriate course of treatment if you have very sensitive teeth.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

Great tooth and gum care starts at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is your first line of defense against gum disease and tooth decay. However, there's only so much we can do on our own. To ensure the best care for your teeth, you should always schedule an annual check-up and cleaning with our dentist and talented team.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home care.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet and sinister disease that begins with little, if any, symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and prone to bleeding. If not properly treated, the condition worsens and noticeable symptoms will begin to appear. These symptoms include the following:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss


How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing & scaling, laser therapy and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

What is the Difference Between a White and Silver Filling?

Silver fillings, known as amalgam, have been around for decades. They are made from a metal alloy and were the best technique for fillings for many years. The metal expands and contracts based on the temperature of food and drink you consume. This allowed for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composites, are made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite color will match the tooth color, making them virtually invisible.

How Can I Improve My Smile?
Today, you have many options when it comes to making your smile shine. Certain treatments include any of the following:

Dr. Rowe can help you perfect your smile with one or more of these treatments. For an exact consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan.

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is a cost-effective and convenient treatment that lets you create a sparkling, healthy smile. Over the years, fluoride has been added to the whitening product. This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.

Tooth whitening must be monitored by our dentist and will only be performed after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning with our skilled hygienist. These steps ensure that you get the best results possible and the brightest smile.

The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!


What is Bonding?

Bonding is a cost-effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color. The immediate results are amazing. Within a few hours, you will have a great smile! Bonding, like tooth whitening, may change color over time due to coffee, tea, cola and wine.

What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that go directly on your natural teeth. The entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. This treatment is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile. Often, patients ask for porcelain veneers to simply feel and look younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

What are Crowns?
Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that cover the entire tooth. It will change the size, shape and color of the teeth in as few as 2 visits. Crowns offer one of the most convenient and natural-looking solutions when it comes to repairing broken, chipped or cracked teeth. Dr. Rowe is an expert in applying crowns, so he can give you much more information in detail about your options when it comes to this popular treatment.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

Please contact our office in downtown Ft. Pierce to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!

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