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By: Kristine E.
Dentica Inc.
Care for my child at the actual office appointments has been fine. But the waiting period for appointments in general, including IV sedation, is longer than I have experienced at any other pediatric dentist (even the top rated pediatric dentist in Pittsburgh). Also, on two occasions the office called the morning of an appointment and insisted that we come in over an hour before my child's scheduled appointment because they had an opening and it was convenient for them. I specifically arrange my work meetings around doctor appointments and often cannot make such a last-minute change. The person that called did not even ASK if we were available to come in earlier, but rather DEMANDED that we do so, which I have never encountered at any other practice. Hopefully, they will reevaluate how they communicate with patients and make improvements.
Tips & Advices
  • If a tooth decays and the nerves or pulp (soft internal tissue which helps teeth develop) become inflamed or infected
  • If a tooth is cracked or broken and nerves are exposed
This generally depends on any specific issues you wish to address with your teeth. There are toothpastes designed to whiten teeth, fight cavities, decrease sensitivity, prevent bad breath, resist gingivitis, and those specific to children (with lower fluoride content). There are also toothpastes that offer “complete” protection by combining aspects of many of the above toothpastes.
It’s recommended to get a professional cleaning at least two times per year.
  • Desensitizing toothpaste numbs the nerves in the teeth that can cause discomfort.
  • Mouth guard can protect against grinding teeth during sleep.
  • Fluoride treatment can be applied by dentists to sensitive areas to numb teeth and strengthen enamel.
  • Root canal can treat problems in a tooth’s core.
  • Surgical gum graft where a piece of gum tissue is removed from a section of the mouth to cover an exposed root.
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but there are certain signs that can help you and your doctor determine if yours should be:
  • Wisdom teeth are pushing other teeth around, causing pain and misalignment
  • Cysts form around newly emerged wisdom teeth, causing jaw damage
  • Gums get inflamed and swollen, causing cavities and pain
  • Doctor determine from x-rays that wisdom teeth will cause problems in the near future

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