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At Presser Dental Group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we believe in the power of knowledge. As such, our team strives to stay updated on the latest dental information. We want this to be the case for our clients as well. In order to help them be informed, we provided our answers to the questions we frequently receive. If you have any concerns we did not cover, feel free to call or email us.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a specialist in restoring and replacing teeth. Prosthodontics is one of nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) and requires two to three years of additional training following graduation from dental school.

As a prosthodontist, Dr. Presser uses advanced esthetic and restorative therapies to renew and replace teeth.

What Is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a specialist in preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease. Periodontists also perform surgeries to place dental implants. The discipline of periodontics is a specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Dr. Presser completed three years of advanced training after he graduated from dental school to become a periodontist. He offers comprehensive therapies to combat gum disease and keep teeth and gums healthy.

What Types of Services Does Dr. Presser Provide?

Dr. Presser focuses on treating problems with the gums and reconstructing smiles through the use of esthetic restorative therapies, including all-porcelain crowns, dental implants, and porcelain veneers. He also provides comprehensive dental care in the form of preventive checkups and cleanings, treatment for teeth grinding and TMJ disorder, and root canal therapy.

Schedule an appointment today and learn how Dr. Presser can give you the smile you deserve!

Why Should I Visit Dr. Presser for Dental Implants?

As a prosthodontist, Dr. Presser restores and replaces teeth. As a periodontist, he understands all facets of procedures dealing with gum tissue. The doctor places and restores dental implants at our Philadelphia office. This means that he’ll oversee your care and perform all of the procedures necessary to complete the dental implant process.

You won’t need to visit multiple dental practices to receive the full spectrum of care that you need. Call today to schedule your implant dentistry consultation.

Is a Dental Cleaning Really That Important?

Absolutely! Dental cleanings are one of the most important things you can do for your smile. At your cleaning and checkup, we’ll examine your teeth and gums, and the hygienist will remove hardened food particles and plaque from your teeth. Regular dental cleanings are crucial to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems.

As I've Aged, My Teeth Have Gotten Dull and Dingy. Will Teeth Whitening Help?

Teeth often discolor as we get older. Smiles lose that youthful glow, and our appearance suffers. Professional teeth whitening removes a variety of stains and discolorations, including those caused by the natural aging process.

We offer in-office teeth whitening and take-home bleaching. Call our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office to schedule your teeth whitening appointment, and we’ll help you choose the best method for your needs.

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Why Choose Dental Implants?

For people with missing teeth, immediate treatment is important. If the teeth aren’t replaced, they can have adverse effects on your oral health and jaw bone mass, and even shorten your lifespan. The most popular options are removable partials, fixed bridges, and dental implants. A dental implant is the most modern option for missing teeth, and can often provide the best long-term results.

The Mouth-Body Connection

This concept states that your psychological well-being and physical health are closely linked. For example, if you are prone to stress, it can elevate your blood pressure, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Various studies have shown the significant role that oral health plays in our physical health.

Gum disease is a chronic infection that typically stems from poor oral hygiene. Bacteria from your gums can negatively affect your circulatory, immune, and respiratory systems, as well as your blood sugar levels. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regularly visiting your dentist are essential to taking care of your mouth-body connection.

Gum Disease and Heart Health

Various studies show a link between oral and cardiovascular health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease. It is possible that a mouth filled with bacteria and their toxins allow a continuous stream of harmful substances to enter the system. This causes the heart to experience the same irritations as the gums and mouth.

Visiting the dentist regularly at least every six months allows you to monitor the health of your gums. Aside from this, you should also maintain good oral hygiene at home by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and using quality mouth rinse at home. We will recommend the finest products to optimize your oral healthcare at home and demonstrate the best methods for brushing and flossing.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

If you are embarrassed about your smile because of tooth decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you might be a good candidate for composite resins. A composite resin can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Because they are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find a color that perfectly matches your teeth.

Aside from this, the tooth/composite bond supports the remaining tooth structure. This deters breakage and insulates against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last from 7 to 10 years, as long as traditional amalgams.

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