Frequently Asked Questions


Oral health problems can be prevented. Early diagnosis and treatment can save you time and costs.

Consistent dental check-ups with your Gainesville dentist can pinpoint symptoms that could produce oral disease or other medical conditions. Your common symptoms or conditions can include:

  1. Teeth sensitivity to hot or cold
  2. Puffy or bleeding gums after brushing or flossin
  3. Dissatisfaction with your smile or the appearance of your teeth
  4. Persistent bad breath
  5. Pain or swelling in your mouth, face, or neck;
  6. Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  7. A history of gum disease or tooth decay
  8. Dry mouth
  9. Popping jaw, jaw pain, or an uneven bite
  10. A mouth sore that will not heal

Your oral health is unique to you. A dental examination an average of two times per year is a common starting point with additional appointments if treatment is necessary.

Having symptoms or a dental issue isn’t the only reason to schedule an appointment. Your dental health supports your overall health.

Healthy teeth have a level of enamel that protects them above and below your gum line. Beneath your tooth enamel is a protective layer called dentin.

When your dentin loses its protective abilities your teeth will be susceptible to hot, cold, and the effects of acidic or sticky foods and beverages. Your teeth nerves will react to the exposure.

Treatment for sensitive teeth can include products such as a desensitizing toothpaste and fluoride gel (applied in our Gainesville dental office). Other dental treatments can improve teeth sensitivity by treating a deeper issue with a dental crown, an inlay, dental bonding, a surgical gum graft, or a root canal.

In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth-the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity. Sensitive teeth can be treated. They type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. Our dentist at Tioga Dental & Orthodontics may suggest one of a variety of treatments: Desensitizing toothpaste: This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced. Fluoride gel: An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations. A crown, inlay or bonding: These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity. Surgical gum graft: If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity. Root canal: If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist at Tioga Dental & Orthodontics may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist at Tioga Dental Orthodontics if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

Between 9% and 15% of Americans avoid dental appointments because of dental anxiety. Informing us about your dental fear is the first step toward overcoming it.

Your dental anxiety can be resolved with open communication and strategies available in our Gainesville dental office. Medication, sedation options, anesthesia, laser technology, and other anxiety reducing techniques can help you stay consistent with your dental care.

X-ray technology enables your diagnosis and treatment to be accurate and effective. The frequency of x-rays is determined by your oral health condition, your age, your risk of disease, and your symptoms associated with oral disease.

Your Gainesville dentists use digital x-ray technology. This approach eliminates close to 90% of the radiation that’s common with traditional x-rays.

Inform us about your fears or questions about dental x-rays, especially if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or think that you might be pregnant. Additional precautions such as a leaded apron or thyroid collar can be used.

What’s important when choosing a dentist?

Skill and expertise should be assumed but not taken for granted. Each of your Gainesville, Florida dentists at Tioga Dental & Orthodontics is trained and skilled in restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, comprehensive family dentistry, oral surgery, and orthodontics.

Your comfort during each dental appointment and procedure should be expected. Our spa-like environment provides you a relaxed and comfortable dental experience.

Ask about the sedation dentistry. Each option will also help assure your comfort during an appointment or procedure.

Dental cavities are the result tooth decay. A cavity can develop in your tooth when you experience weakened tooth enamel, tooth damage, or by delaying treatment.

Your diet, oral care routine, and commitment to recommended dental treatment can help reduce your risk of cavities. Prioritize your dental examinations and teeth cleanings to improve your oral health and become aware of any signs of tooth decay that could produce a cavity.

Cavities that result from tooth decay require treatment. A dental filling restores tooth damage and cavities.

Tooth-colored fillings are designed to match your natural tooth color. Other filling material can include silver or gold.

The size of your treatment area will determine the most effective filling to use. A dental examination and x-rays will help diagnose your need for a filling.

Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Your gums are vulnerable to infection caused by plaque and tartar build-up in the pockets between your teeth and gum tissue.

Oral bacteria thrive within plaque. Their attack on your teeth and gums can lead to gum disease.

Gingivitis is the first phase of gum disease. You might notice bleeding, irritation, and some swelling.

There’s no direct cure for gum disease. Your goal is to have treatment that prevents it from worsening.

Scaling and root planning is a recommended treatment. This procedure removes the hardened plaque and tartar from within your gum pockets and prevents the spread of bacterial infection.

Contact your Gainesville dentist with questions about your dental care. Schedule your next dental examination and teeth cleaning today.