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Teeth can often feel sensitive because the gums have slightly receded. When the gum line recedes more of the tooth is exposed, allowing water and food to agitate the sensitive nerve. There are a number of toothpastes and gels that can be applied and also some dental procedures that can help protect sensitive teeth. Let us know if you have sensitive teeth and together we will find solutions to keep your teeth comfortable and happy.

The best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums is with daily care at home.  Brushing and flossing on a daily basis are the best ways to take care of your teeth and gums. Sticking to a daily routine will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay as you and your smile age.



Gingivitis is a condition caused by bacteria. Our mouths contain a certain level of non-harmful bacteria, but, when we don’t practice good hygiene (daily brushing and flossing), harmful bacteria can grow. This harmful bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums then become sensitive, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent gingivitis and stop it from progressing, regular hygiene visits to the dentist are recommended. During your visit, we’ll show you the best flossing and brushing techniques for preventing gum disease.

Periodontal diseases are conditions that affect the gums. Periodontal disease can begin with little or no symptoms. Gum disease is caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. When the gums are infected they will be sensitive, inflamed and often bleed.  If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms include; bad breath, gum recession, gum sensitivity to acidic foods, tooth pain and tooth loss.

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention and action to prevent it from worsening. If you do have periodontal disease, don’t worry! At Deerfield Family Dentistry we can help you get it under control and prevent it from spreading. Through a series of gum cleanings, root planing & scaling, and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is only necessary for severe cases. If you think you may be suffering from periodontal disease, take action now to keep your gums and teeth healthy.

Silver fillings also known as amalgam fillings have been the filling of choice for decades.  Silver fillings are made from a metal alloy and until now were the best choice for filling cavities. The metal filling expands and contracts with the changing temperature of the mouth (hot or cold food and drinks). Silver fillings keep bacteria out of the filled tooth, keeping it healthy and strong. There is now an alternative to silver fillings–white fillings. Also known as composites, white fillings are made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow a cavity to be filled and maintain the look and feel of your existing tooth structure. The white filling 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’s enamel color. 

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At Deerfield Family Dentistry we have the capability to improve your smile with one or many modern procedures. Options for increasing the sparkle of your smile include; teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns. At Deerfield Family Dentistry we would love to help you improve your smile with all or some of these procedures, using the most up-to-date and state-of-the-art equipment. Don’t hesitate to contact our office for a consultation and personalized treatment plan.

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded directly on your natural teeth. Veneers can be placed to repair cracked teeth, to cover discoloration, to straighten a crooked smile or cover any other cosmetic imperfections.  The entire procedure can take as few as two visits.  Veneers change the size, shape and color of a patient’s teeth. Porcelain veneers can help you feel and look younger with a straighter, brighter smile!



A dental implant is a replacement prosthetic for a missing tooth or teeth. The implant post itself looks like a screw with a smooth, round top. The threaded end of the post is inserted through the gum and into the jaw bone. After a few months, the titanium screw and the jaw bone will fuse together–this makes for a strong anchor upon which your custom replacement tooth will be place.

The benefits are many! Dental implants are a natural looking and feeling permanent solution for missing teeth. Because the implants act as natural teeth they are maintained in the same ways; brushing, flossing and regular hygiene visits to the dentist. Dental implants also lower the possibility of bone loss, gum disease, and the movement or loss of remaining teeth. They replace the need for removable full or partial dentures. In some cases dental implants can also replace the need for a traditional bridge, which can compromise adjacent teeth.

The answer is simple, anyone who wants to replace missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. There may be exceptions for patients with chronic illness, heart disease, or severe osteoporosis.

On average, most dental implant procedures take 3-4 visits. At your first visit, both an x-ray and impression of the implant area will be taken. The x-ray and impression will serve as a guide to the surgical procedure and temporary prosthesis that will be made to cover the implant. The following visit is to place the implant. A local anesthesia will be applied to the area. The dentist will then make a small incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone and then stitched closed. The whole procedure is completed with minor pain. 
The implant will bond with the jaw bone and your next visit will be about 3 months later to replace the temporary crown with a permanent porcelain crown.

Depending on the scope of treatment, the cost of a dental implant or implants will vary. It’s difficult to give an accurate price without consulting with your dentist. If dental implants sound like a good option for you, make an appointment at the Deerfield Family Dentistry office to discuss your options and pricing.

With routine dental hygiene at a dental office and proper home care, a dental implant can last 30 years to a lifetime.


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