How frequently do I need to visit my periodontist?

Depending on your dental health and treatment plan, it is recommended that you see your periodontist between one and four times a year. This does not include additional visits that might be necessary for specific procedures. If you are only seeing your periodontist once a year, then you should be seeing a general dentist at least one other time during the year.

I have a fear of the dentist, what can be done?

Picking a dentist that you feel comfortable with and trust is an important step in getting over a fear of the dentist. Dr. Farah works to meet each of his patients in their comfort zones, and believes that communication and education are key to helping alleviate stress and fear. For patients that need more assistance in feeling comfortable with receiving dental treatment, Dr. Farah also offers sedation dentistry, which allows for patients to be put under general anesthesia during a procedure. Local anesthesia would also be used to ensure that pain is managed post-procedure.

What should I do if one of my teeth falls out or gets knocked out?

If you lose a tooth because of an injury or accident, it may be necessary to receive emergency medical treatment, and it is important that you seek this treatment when necessary. If you are not otherwise injured, or you’ve been medically cleared, it is important to visit a dental specialist who can recommend a treatment plan as soon as possible.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

There are a few symptoms that you should look for if you are concerned that you might have gingivitis or periodontitis. One thing to look for is bleeding gums after you floss or brush your teeth. Chronic bad breath could also be a sign that you are suffering from gingivitis or gum disease. Another symptom that could be a sign of gum disease is having loose teeth. If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to make an appointment with a periodontist.

What are the best ways to maintain my teeth?

The best way to keep a healthy smile is to have consistent homecare and in-office hygiene and wellness visits. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. You should visit your dentist or periodontist at least every six months, or two times a year. This is important because it helps maintain good hygiene, and your dentist can clean any built up plaque. It will also ensure that you catch any issues before they become bigger problems.

What is the best way to replace a lost tooth?

There are a few options if you need to replace a tooth. Dental implants are a permanent way to replace a missing tooth. During this procedure implants are drilled into the jaw bone, and a crown is permanently cemented on top. If you are missing all of your teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth the All-on-Four procedure might be the right option. All-on-Four uses four implants to install a permanent denture to replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom or your mouth. We are happy to discuss any of our options with you to replace any missing teeth to find out what the best one for you is.

What’s the difference between a general dentist and a periodontist?

There are a lot of services that both a general dentist and a periodontist can perform. They both go to four years of dental school, and are trained to perform many different procedures. After Dental school, a periodontist has further training to specialize in the treatment of the gums. This additional training prepares them to diagnose and treat many kinds of gum issues using both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, and makes them uniquely qualified to treat complex cases.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Visiting your dentist or periodontist and safely caring for your teeth at home are the best ways to prevent gum disease. Regular checkups and hygiene visits with your dentist and/or periodontist are important to monitor gum health and any potential issues that are on the horizon. Care at home is also important. Flossing everyday, and brushing twice a day with a toothbrush recommended by your dentist or periodontist are important to preventing gum disease.

What is the All-on-Four procedure?

The All-on-Four procedure is designed for someone who has missing or failing teeth on the entire top and/or bottom of their mouth. The procedure starts by removing all of the failing teeth, before implanting four implants that will eventually hold the permanent dentures. Once the four implants are placed, you are given temporary dentures, and the implants are given time to heal. After the implants have healed the final denture is fitted and permanently adhered.

Are any cosmetic facial services available at Dr. Farah’s office?

Dr. Farah does offer cosmetic facial services, including injectable wrinkle relaxers and facial volumizers. Wrinkle relaxers can be beneficial in removing frown lines, especially around the eyes. Facial volumizers can be used around the mouth to remove laugh lines. Both options are nonsurgical, and require minimal recovery, and they can be performed safely and discreetly by Dr. Farah.