Frequently Asked Questions

Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks?

The ADA also says that the substance that makes up silver fillings, known as dental amalgam, has been used safely for 150 years. But some research has suggested the fillings may cause health problems that range from chronic fatigue-like symptoms to neurological problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Does fluoride actually cause more harm than good?

Fluoride is a mineral known to be safe and effective at preventing tooth decay. There is no scientifically valid evidence to show that fluoride causes cancer, kidney disease, or other disorders.

What does the latest research reveal about tobacco use on your overall oral health?

Smokers are three to six times more likely to develop gum disease or periodontal disease, which can attack roots and cause teeth to fall out. Even smokeless tobacco products can irritate gum tissue, causing gums to loosen around teeth, making it easier for bacteria to settle in and develop decay.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied.  Our goal will be to address what is causing the sensitivity so we can resolve the problem. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.

What are signs of TMD / TMJ

There are many signs related to TMJ including: headaches, neck pain, facial pain, ear congestion, tinnitus, vertigo, numb fingers and many more.  Dr. Turley has completed extensive training in TMD treatment and will evaluate you and help determine the appropriate treatment options.

How does a dentist help treat sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea and sleep disorders are much more than just a problem with snoring. Sleep disorders are directly related to many different medical conditions with the most severe being death due to sleep apnea. We invite you to explore the risks associated with sleep apnea and find out more about what we can do about this problem by visiting us.  If you find that you’re suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, contact us for an appointment.  There are many different treatments, the most common being a custom fit dental appliance that helps maintain your airway while sleeping.  This appliance is comfortable and affordable.

I’m unhappy with my smile, what are my options?

This is a complicated question and would be best if you contacted us so we can address your individual case.  Many people will benefit from one of these treatments: bleaching, bonding with veneers, orthodontics, or gum procedures.  The options are endless and sometimes require a combination therapy to reach your goals.

Are bad teeth hereditary?

There are some rare disorders that create weak teeth.   A much more common reason for “soft” teeth is what is living on them.  Some bacteria are more virulent at causing tooth decay than others.  Nutrition and home care the biggest variables that we need to control to keep strong teeth.   Contact us for an evaluation with Dr. Turley and he can help determine your best care.

My insurance only pays for 2 cleanings a year, but it was recommended for me to come more frequently, Why?

The standard two cleanings a year was established in the 1960s by the insurance companies.   It is well documented now that over 70% of our population has periodontal disease. In addition, we now have many studies showing the correlation between periodontal disease and systemic health.  In order to get control of this disease, it is often required to be seen more frequently.  Come visit our hygienist to establish what would be the appropriate interval for you.

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