Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Cranford, NJ

Our Answers, Your Assurance

It’s natural to have many questions when meeting with a periodontist. The first one might even be “What exactly is a periodontist?” Our team of dental experts is well-versed and skilled to provide clear answers when meeting with patients, offering knowledgeable insight and information that can help to reassure those who need periodontal care. Below, you will find a list of questions we are frequently asked, along with the answers you need to feel confident in your choice to see our team for better oral healthcare.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. They are also skilled in placing dental implants. Dr. Saber, Dr. Aaron, and Dr. Vandeep are board-certified periodontists, which means they have completed the necessary, rigorous training that is required for individuals to become recognized periodontists.

Will receiving dental implants hurt?

No, the process of having dental implants placed should not cause any pain, as you will receive local anesthesia beforehand to ensure you remain pain-free and comfortable. Once the anesthesia wears off, though, you will likely feel some discomfort and soreness, which can be relieved with the help of over-the-counter pain relievers. You can also use a cold compress to reduce swelling and prevent significant discomfort.

What are the common signs of periodontal disease?

The most common signs of periodontal (gum) disease include:

  • Red and tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Elongated teeth caused by gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Bone loss
  • Change in your bite

If you notice any of these, you are strongly urged to call our office right away. You do not need to have a referral to see us but instead, you can simply call and alert us to your situation. We’ll work to help you out of any pain as soon as possible.

I’m nervous about my visit. Can you help?

Yes, we are pleased to provide nitrous oxide sedation for patients with mild or moderate dental anxiety. We understand that the services we provide can cause patients to feel nervous or apprehensive about a particular treatment, but without it, they run the risk of causing more harm to their teeth and gums. With nitrous oxide though, we can reduce the nerves and improve the patient experience.

If a tooth is loose from gum disease, should we just extract it?

Many patients assume that if a tooth is loose, it makes more sense to just extract it and move on. While there are cases in which this is required, other scenarios find that it is better to try and save the tooth, if possible, than to remove it. The reason is that natural teeth always perform better inside the mouth than artificial ones, and the cost of replacement teeth can add up depending on the type of restorative care you choose.

Will you take my dental insurance?

Yes, we are pleased to take your dental insurance and will work to review your plan so that you can get the most out of your benefits. Our team of qualified experts is ready to help you save, so don’t hesitate to contact our office and let us know which plan you have. We’ll start looking at ways to help you save.