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Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know if it’s time to schedule your next checkup? Thinking about getting your teeth whitened? Concerned about bleeding gums? We’re always happy to share any information you need to take care of your smile, so below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we receive every day. After reading over this page, if there is anything else you’d like to ask us, feel free to give us a call any time!

How do I know when it's time to come in for a checkup?

Because dental health is important to overall wellbeing, adults typically benefit from a professional cleaning and checkup every six months. While brushing and flossing twice daily certainly helps you maintain a healthy mouth, it’s also wise to check for plaque that hardens into tartar and can result in gum disease. Tartar requires professional removal, and regular dental cleanings are the best way to ensure that your mouth is clear and safe from gum disease.

How can I whiten my teeth?

Thanks to modern dentistry, there are a number of procedures to whiten your smile, from at-home products to in-office teeth whitening treatments. Based on the current color of your teeth and the cause of the discoloration, Buffalo Dental Group can recommend the most appropriate option for you.

My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Gums that bleed after brushing may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including, improper, rough scrubbing during brushing, using a hard-bristled toothbrush instead of a soft one, plaque, or tartar buildup below the gum line, or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If this problem persists despite proper brushing and flossing, or if it occurs every time that you brush your teeth, contact Buffalo Dental Group to schedule an appointment.

I want my front teeth to look better, but I don't want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

A number of procedures besides braces can improve the look of your front teeth. Often, slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth can gain a bright, uniform look with a bit of reshaping and porcelain veneers. For a more in-depth treatment, Buffalo Dental Group can use Invisalign technology to realign your bite. To discuss your situation and options, please contact our Williamsville or Buffalo offices for an appointment. We'll be happy to discuss a plan that suits your needs.

I'm having a joint replacement. What do I need to know?

Significant dental conditions need to be resolved before surgery. If you are having or have had a joint replacement surgery of any kind, you will not be able to see us for 6 months. Please contact your surgeon for any restrictions.

A dental procedure may allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream and cause an infection that could travel to your artificial joint.

Be sure to see your dentist well before the day of your joint replacement surgery. If you'll need dental work within two weeks of your scheduled surgery, let your surgeon know right away.