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By American Dental Associates
March 16, 2015
Category: Dental Care
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningGive your smile a radiant makeover with professional in-office teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental procedures worldwide. It’s a simple, painless way to get a more vibrant and healthier-looking smile. However, perhaps you’ve been putting teeth whitening treatment on the back burner because you’re still not sure what makes it any different than buying the teeth whitening kits from your local drugstores. Your Gainesville dentist is here to tell you what makes in-office whitening so unique.

What are the benefits of in-office teeth whitening?

If you’ve ever tried a commercial whitening product, then you probably remember it takes multiple weeks before you started to notice results. However, in-office teeth whitening offers the fastest results around. In only one 45-minute session, your smile could be up to 10 shades whiter. Most patients only require one session to achieve the desired results.

Furthermore, this is one of the safest ways to bleach teeth. Your Gainesville dentist’s knowledge coupled with our professional-grade bleach will whiten teeth faster and more efficiently while also being able to control for any gum or tooth sensitivity that a patient may experience.

What stains could in-office teeth whitening remove?

In-office teeth whitening is most effective again stains and tooth discolorations that are causing by consuming certain foods and drinks (e.g. coffee, sodas, berries, dark sauces), using tobacco or just from aging. It’s true that over time our teeth do become darker, causing our teeth to look more yellow or brown in nature. However, yellowing teeth are often the easiest to whiten with our in-office whitening system.

Keep in mind that there are certain stains that in-office whitening won’t be able to treat, like internal stains caused by trauma or an overexposure to antibiotics or fluoride.

What should I expect when I see my Gainesville dentist for teeth whitening?

When you come in for your first teeth whitening sessions we will apply a professional-grade bleaching gel that is so strong that only your dentist can use it. Once applied, we will use a laser to activate the whitening ingredients within the gel. After 15 minutes we will remove the gel, reapply a fresh layer and then use the light source to activate the gel once more. One 45-minute session usually involves three different whitening applications.

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

If you are experiencing yellow or brown stains and discolorations due to foods, drinks, tobacco or just natural aging, then you would be a great candidate for teeth whitening. Even if you naturally experience tooth sensitivity, we can tailor your whitening treatment to create an experience that is gentle on teeth and gums. If you are interested in teeth whitening then it’s time to contact your Gainesville dentist, Dr. Steve Pleickhardt, DDS at American Dental.

By American Dental Associates
January 30, 2015
Category: Dental Care
Tags: toothaches  

The youngest of children to the most senior of adults can experience toothaches. With babies, of course, the source of the discomfort is teething. With adults, the reasons for toothaches can be numerous, and can even relate to areas of the body outside the mouth. Common sense and medical advice says to seek dental attention for any toothache discomfort, because it is important to preserve the teeth but also to investigate problems that masquerade as dental issues.


The everyday dental cavity is caused by the build up of bacteria, food and acids which attack tooth enamel. When neglected, dental plaque leads to gum disease in varying degrees and also tooth decay. The symptoms of a cavity include:

  • tooth sensitivity to heat and cold as when drinking an iced beverage
  • a visible hole in the tooth
  • surface staining
  • pain or tenderness that is sharp or throbbing

Your dentist can readily probe the area in question and do x-rays if necessary to explore the source of discomfort and confirm or rule out a cavity. Cavities should not be ignored because they can ultimately destroy the tooth and cause serious infections called dental abscesses. Abscesses can require medical treatment with antibiotics to step the spread of toxins to other areas of the body.

In addition, individuals can have toothaches because a tooth is chipped, cracked or broken or because a wisdom tooth is impacted. Wisdom teeth are those back most molars which erupt in teens and young adults. When a wisdom tooth becomes impacted--that is, does not break through the bone and gums properly - it can result in a very painful toothache.

Toothaches May Indicate Problems Elsewhere

Your dentist can tell if a toothache is a sign of something more concerning outside of dental health. For instance, sinusitis, or sinus infection, can cause the roots of the upper teeth to hurt simply because they are close to the irritated, swollen sinus cavity.

Also, sometimes tooth pain can be a symptom of serious heart and lung conditions such as:

  • lung cancer
  • defect in the aorta, the major artery which moves oxygenated blood through out the body
  • pericarditis, an infection of the thin membrane which surrounds the heart

Physicians and dentists agree that serious lung and heart issues stimulate body's vagus nerve which in turn refers pain from the chest to the face and in particular to the teeth and jaw. This type of toothache is especially serious and teaches the lesson that no tooth pain or discomfort should be neglected.

A great source of knowledgeable, compassionate and technically astute dental care is American Dental in Gainesville, Virginia. Steve Pleickhardt DDS and his professional staff have the latest diagnostic and treatment tools to pinpoint the source of your toothache and resolve it correctly. Don't delay. Call Dr. Pleickhardt's office today for an appointment: 703-753-6695.

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