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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have gum disease?

There are several common symptoms that patients can look for when brushing and flossing at home, including bleeding gums, overly red or swollen soft oral tissue, excessive bad breath, and teeth that appear longer over time. However, there are some cases of gum disease that don’t exhibit any of these symptoms until damaging consequences have already begun – that’s why attending routine check-ups with Dr. Sarah Pitarra and his team are so important. With routine screenings and personalized therapy options, we can keep your smile safe and thriving.

Why are dental implants the best choice for tooth replacement?

Unlike traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants actually replicate your entire, natural tooth – this includes both the crown (the white portion that shows when you smile) and the root (the portion that’s hidden beneath the gumline). The tooth roots have the important job of stimulating the jawbone. Without them, this area deteriorates over time, which can lead to infection, additional tooth loss, and a “hunched” facial appearance. By providing brand-new tooth roots, patients can enjoy a wealth of great benefits with dental implants, including revitalized oral health, long-lasting durability, and an exceptionally lifelike look.

Of course, no one dental treatment is right for every single patient. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pitarra – she can help you determine which option is right for your unique smile and personal needs.

What are my cosmetic options at your practice?

Dr. Pitarra is happy to offer several cosmetic services that are designed to erase dental imperfections and create the gorgeous look you’ve been dreaming of! Porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and aesthetic-minded restorative solutions like tooth-colored fillings and all-ceramic restorations are available – our team will work with you to determine which of these will best meet your personal needs, schedule, and budget.

I want to improve my overall appearance, not just my smile. Can you help?

Definitely. A brighter, more beautiful smile may not mesh as well as you’d like with facial wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin – that’s why we now offer Botox and Juvederm as treatment solutions that can restore years of youth! Botox helps reduce muscle contractions for a smoother look, while Juvederm plumps up skin in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.

Will I need to see a separate doctor for orthodontic treatment?

No! Dr. Pitarra can provide traditional braces and orthodontic correction right here in-office, fixing gapped teeth, overcrowded teeth, bite problems, and more in the same, comfortable environment patients are already familiar with.

Do you take my insurance?

Our practice is happy to work with your insurance and file any necessary paperwork on your behalf. Visit our new patients page to learn more!