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It often seems that dental problems come up at the most inconvenient times. If you haven't budgeted for unexpected dental expenses, you may feel like it's impossible to get the care you need. But interest-free CareCredit financing enables you to get the help you need when you need it most. CareCredit works like a credit card but carries no interest if paid in the agreed time period of up to 12 months.

If you're interested in learning more about CareCredit, please ask at our office and we'll be happy to help you fill out the application. For your convenience, you can also apply at CareCredit's website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental X-Ray Radiation | Springbrook Family Dental Dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool. Without them, we are unable fully know your oral health needs. They have been used safely for years to diagnose such problems as cavities, bone and gum disease, and even tumors that couldn’t otherwise be identified. Regarding the safety of x-rays in general, it’s important to realize that you are constantly exposed to some level of radiation from sources like the sun, minerals in soil, and even your microwave. In fact, a full set of 18 x-rays actually exposes you to no more radiation than a cross-country flight!

At Springbrook Family Dentistry, we use digital x-rays, also referred to as digital radiographs. These give us detailed images of your teeth that help us guide you in making important decisions about your dental care. Digital x-rays greatly reduce your exposure to radiation, eliminate the need for traditional films, and are safer for the environment.

When to Get an X-Ray

The frequency of digital x-rays depends on your current condition and dental history. In some cases, it’s necessary to take x-rays twice a year. Other patients who see us regularly and have no history of chronic oral health problems may only need x-rays every few years. As a new patient, our team will usually take digital x-rays as part of your first exam to establish a baseline so we can monitor changes to your oral health.

Your safety and comfort are both very important to us, and you are always welcome to talk to us about your concerns. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.

Gum Disease Definition | Elma NY DentistPeriodontal (gum) disease is an infection that attacks the bone and gums that hold your teeth in place. The infection occurs when bacteria build up on your teeth. In its early stages, your gums may become red and sore, and you may notice that they bleed easily when you brush and floss. At this point, we refer to the disease as gingivitis. The good news is that, with treatment from your dentist and good oral hygiene practices, gingivitis can be reversed.

What Happens If You Don't Treat Gum Disease?

If we do not treat gingivitis, it will progress into periodontitis, where plaque and tartar build up below the gum line. Periodontitis will cause bone loss around your teeth, and you may notice that your teeth feel like they’re becoming loose. Without prompt treatment, this will eventually lead to tooth loss.

Periodontitis treatment usually involves a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), where our hygienist cleans the areas underneath the gums. In very severe cases, we may refer you to a periodontist, a specialist who is trained to deal with problems associated with the bone and gums. 

Prevention Is Key

One of the problems with gum disease is that many people have it but show no symptoms. That’s why preventive exams and cleanings are so crucial. If it’s time for your next professional cleaning, please give us a call. We’ll work together to make sure your mouth is healthy and free of disease.

When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing go hand in hand. If you’re only brushing and not flossing, you’re only getting half the job done. Flossing is essential for removing sticky bacteria and plaque from between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.Why Floss? | Elma NY Dentist

It may help to remember that a tooth has five surfaces, and if you aren’t flossing regularly, you’re leaving at least two of those surfaces unclean. Flossing is the only way to get into those tight, hard-to-reach spaces to remove bacteria. Without flossing, periodontal disease and cavities can develop in these areas and take their toll on your oral health. 

How To Floss

If you are taking the extra step and remembering to floss, it’s important to get the most out of your efforts as possible. When you come in for your regular professional dental cleaning, our hygienist will be happy to show you the proper way to floss. If you have orthodontics or extensive dental work, we can recommend a special type of floss that will allow you to get around these hard-to-reach areas. 

At Springbrook Family Dentistry, we’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions about oral hygiene. Please give us a call to arrange your next appointment for a dental cleaning.

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Dear patients, friends and family,

In light of recent events surrounding the Corona Virus/COVID-19 and the guidance of our national and state dental societies, we will be rescheduling all 6 month cleaning appointments and any elective dental treatment over the next few weeks.

We continue to be available for dental emergencies and are accessible via phone and email. We love our patients and are willing to do whatever we can for the sake of community health and well being, especially for those among us that could be most affected by infection.

At this time, we have NO known cases of COVID-19 among our staff. Dental offices are at extreme risk for propagation of the virus due to the large number of aerosols created during dental procedures, as well as the close proximity we are in to our patients. Therefore we will continue to adhering to the highest levels of infection control.

I am confident all of us will be better off if we all do our part to protect the community and "flatten the curve". If you have any questions or are looking for any updates please follow our Facebook page or call us at 716-652-0600.