Ask Dr. Cangé

Your Dental Questions Answered

Q. How do I know if I have gum disease?

Classic symptoms of gum disease are swollen or bleeding gums, heavy amounts of tartar or calculus build up, and bad breath. Symptoms may not be evident in many individuals, for example smokers, diabetics and alcoholics. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, which is why it’s important to have regular dental cleanings to help manage your oral health. Early stages of gum disease are completely reversible. Dr. Cangé will formulate a treatment plan to remove the disease-causing bacteria and reverse the condition.

Q. My tooth is broken. Will I need a crown, or can it be filled with a composite restoration?

Dr. Cangé prefers to leave as much natural tooth structure as possible when she is treating decayed or broken teeth. Small teeth chippings may be repaired with a tooth colored filling or bonding. However, when a tooth cannot structurally support a filling due to inadequate tooth structure, a crown may become the most effective method of restoring normal function to the tooth. The crown protects the damaged tooth, distributes chewing forces evenly, preserves the tooth and prevents additional fractures.

Q. Is it necessary for me to have x-rays taken each year?

The areas between your teeth and around the roots of your teeth are susceptible to decay and bone loss. By taking digital x-rays on an annual basis, Dr. Cangé can detect signs of decay or periodontal disease before they become clinically visible, allowing for a proactive treatment that is minimally invasive. Moreover, digital x-rays imaging uses 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays.

Q. What type of whitening treatment is the most effective?

The most advanced whitening procedure available to dental patients is chairside technology. Dr. Cangé uses chairside teeth whitening procedures to achieve dramatic results for her patients. In one visit, chairside teeth whitening can lift external stains, making your teeth whiter and brighter. Chairside whitening amplifies the results seen in professional take-home whitening kits.

Q. Are Invisalign braces right for me?

Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign braces, but advancements in Invisalign technology has made this orthodontic appliance an effective tool for a variety of patients. Invisalign braces are appropriate for mild to moderate cases and certain advanced cases. Dr. Cangé offers free Invisalign consultations to her patients. Call today to find out if Invisalign is right for you!