How can we help you?
One of our goals here at White Park Dental is to make sure that each patient leaves our office with a better understanding of their own dental health. Education is the best way to help in making an informed decision regarding your health care from prevention to treatment. If you ever have a question about your health, your care, or our practice, we encourage you to let us know.
We’ve provided some answers to our most commonly asked questions here, so feel free to take a look. If we haven’t answered your question or you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 603-225-4143. We look forward to seeing you at your next visit!
Our office will submit your dental visit insurance claim on your behalf each appointment to maximize your utilized benefits. We see patients with all varieties of insurance unless your policy dictates that you see an "in-network provider" such as an HMO. Please reach out to our office for further questions and to schedule your appointment!
Thank you for inquiring about the safety of our office and team. We take COVID-19 seriously and are following all protocols outlined by the CDC and state to continue to practice dentistry in the safest environment possible. Luckily, dental care professionals were included in phase 1a and 1b in NH and have had access to the vaccine available. Due to HIPAA it would be each team member's personal choice to share this information with patients. Dr. Harvey has successfully completed both vaccinations! We continue to wear the highest level of full PPE, pre-screen all team members and patients, socially distance within the office, and follow strict disinfection and sterilization protocols as usual.
Dental fear is a common issue affecting millions of Americans. It’s very real, and at White Park Dental, we take your fears and your concerns seriously.
Some people develop dental fear after a difficult treatment or as the result of a less-than-sympathetic dentist, but most people can’t quite explain what causes them so much anxiety when they think of going to the dentist.
We think that part of the problem is how dentists are often portrayed in the media. TV shows and movies often show dentists as sadistic or cruel, which is unfortunate – and also couldn’t be further from the truth.
Your Comfort Is Our Priority
Your comfort is one of our main focuses. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you are comfortable at all times, and we always talk to you ahead of time about all your options. We will never perform any treatment without your express permission. You are in charge of your dental health, and we will respect your decisions.
If the thought of a cleaning or other procedure makes you anxious, please give us a call. Dr. Harvey and Bogacz have been in practice for several years and have the skill and expertise to make your dental care both efficient and comfortable. We will always recommend the most conservative treatment to resolve any problems that develop.
Call today to learn more about how we can help you overcome your dental anxiety.
Our office follows the American Dental Association (ADA) and US Department of Health and Human Service’s Dental Radiographic Examination Guidelines. These guidelines have been designed to limit radiation exposure to the patient, while also enabling us to diagnose oral and dental disease properly and provide standard of care. We assess intervals based on your individual history of dental work and disease risk. Please ask our office if you have further questions.
It has been stated that the mouth is a “window into the health of the body”. A connection has been found between oral health and several diseases including heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer’s, pneumonia, arthritis, cancer and premature labor. 80% of American adults over 35 have some form of gum disease.
Control Your Risk
Poor dental health leads to an increase in harmful bacteria, which enters the bloodstream and can lead to an increased risk of infection and/or inflammation. Control of gum inflammation and prevention of periodontal (gum) disease by brushing twice daily, flossing nightly and seeing your dentist & hygienist routinely for professional maintenance is key for prevention. It is also important to reduce your health risks with proper nutrition and quitting smoking. We would be happy to consult with your regarding your health, please contact us!
It is possible that some dental discomfort may go away with time if it is from a mild trauma such as accidentally biting a hard food item or your cheek, but if it persists longer than a week or two, treatment may be needed. If you are experiencing a sharp and/or lingering pain, then it is best to seek an immediate appointment to rule out an infection or abscess.
It is wise to call and review your symptoms with our team so that we can determine the best timing for an appointment with us. You can reach Dr. Harvey after hours in an emergency situation as well. We will provide the best recommendations possible to get you comfortable again, so that you can enjoy your food and daily life.
We are taking COVID-19 very seriously in our office. All CDC, ADA and NH guidelines are being followed. We have always strictly adhered to OSHA disinfection and sterilization protocols. Additional measures have been taken and can be read in our "COVID-19 Updates" tab on the website.
Here is a testimonial from one of our patients as seen on google reviews: "As a patient of the White Park Dental office, I want people to realize that I too was pretty skeptical about going in during the COVID virus as I am in my 80's. It was a relief to have a dental cleaning with the knowledge that I was safer than probably many other places I need to go during this time of infection.
My thought is that the dental staff is more at risk than we are as we do not wear masks during our procedures and they are exposed to us. I waited in my car until called and was in the waiting room a short time with only one other person. I noticed the waiting room was stripped of magazines and unnecessary items. There was a air filtering machine there and I am told they are in all the laboratories.
Carly, my hygienist was decked out in full gown covering, 2 masks and a shield and gloves. I knew I was safe when I saw her and she was very reassuring. I will not be so hesitant next time.
White Park Dental has our safety well in hand. I recommend them highly." Nancy, 10-26-2020
A dental emergency derails your weekend plans, keeps you awake most of the night, and makes you irritable. We get it. Dental emergencies, especially severe toothaches, are the worst.
However, a toothache is not the only type dental emergency our Concord, NH patients experience. Any dental issue that threatens your oral health or prevents you from enjoying your life is a dental emergency by our definition.
Examples of dental emergencies include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain
- Jaw swelling
- Broken tooth or restoration
- Tooth or restoration knocked out or knocked loose
- Injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth
- Object lodged between teeth
These are only examples. If you notice anything that falls outside these definitions, contact a member of our compassionate dental team. Ongoing or sudden oral health changes can also be urgent, which is why we want to hear from you.
Remember, regular dental exams, including periodic x-rays, and teeth cleanings can help lower your risks for cavities and dental infections. Also, an excellent brushing and flossing routine at home is crucial when it comes to avoiding infection or decay-based dental emergencies.
If You Have a Dental Emergency in Concord, Contact Our Dental Team
Our goal is to restore your oral health and well-being, and we always work hard to get you into the office as quickly as possible.
Welcome to White Park Dental, our charming dental office located in the heart of Concord, NH.
Our dental practice is a short drive from Main Street and Historic Downtown Concord, the New Hampshire State House, Red River Theatres, and the U.S. District Court federal courthouse.
As your Concord dentist, we’re proud to serve our community as well as our neighbors from nearby Pembroke, Tilton, Henniker, Allenstown, and Hopkinton.
Here at White Park Dental, we have a team of energetic, caring, and knowledgeable dental professionals ready to assist you with all your dental needs. We offer general, family, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry for all of southern New Hampshire, and we’re proud to provide extended dental services, including TMJ treatment and Invisalign clear braces.
If you’re new to our dental office, we invite you to take a virtual tour of our friendly and welcoming office building. We hope that you will always feel relaxed and at home when you visit us for treatment.
If you find yourself needing directions to our practice or you get lost on your way here, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (603) 225-4143.
We’re conveniently located right off of Pleasant Street near the Centennial Hotel and will happily provide you with detailed instructions on how to find us. Many of our treatment team members are long-time residents of southern New Hampshire and know the surrounding area extremely well.
X-ray images, called radiographs, help the dentist diagnose conditions that cannot be otherwise seen just by visual evaluation. These conditions may include, but not limited to, tooth decay/cavities, gum disease/bone loss, abscesses/infections, cysts, and tumors. Not diagnosing them early could result in more pain and discomfort, more expensive treatment, losing teeth that might otherwise be saved, and not detecting growths until they are very large.
An ideal smile is one filled with beautiful, healthy, vibrantly white teeth. The reality, however, is often different. Many foods and drinks can stain your smile, and time itself will eventually cause your dazzling smile to darken.
More companies are constantly pushing out products for consumers who are dreaming of that white smile, including over-the-counter gels and strips and an array of whitening mouthwashes and toothpastes. The reality, however, is that none of these are as effective as a professional whitening treatment.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Whitening toothpastes have different methods to improve the appearance of teeth. Some contain a bleaching chemical (like hydrogen peroxide) in small doses while others use abrasives to “scrub” away surface stains. You may see some slight effect with diligent use of these products, but probably not as much as you were hoping. In fact, products with abrasives may even harm your enamel (and definitely should not be used if you have restorations like crowns or veneers since they can scratch the finish).
These products often cost considerably more than standard fluoride toothpaste. Given the cost of the products and the amount you will have to use to see any kind of results, it’s much more effective to invest in a professional whitening treatment where you will see real, long-lasting results. For questions, call White Park Dental today at (603) 225-4143!
We understand that every patients’ situation is unique and so are their goals. We would love to schedule you for a consultation to determine what you desire and how to fit this into your budget.
We Can Help
We will utilize any dental benefits you have if it may fall under a covered service. We also accept HSA/FSA plans and Care Credit financing in addition to other payment methods. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Harvey.
We would love to speak with you more about your concerns and options about your smile. We are here to listen and discuss your mouth in a non-judgmental, caring manner.
Your Smile Is Important
Your smile is an important factor in looking and feeling your best. It would be our pleasure to schedule you for a consultation, so that we may provide cosmetic dentistry options (which may include Invisalign/braces, whitening, veneers, porcelain crown, implants, etc.) to boost your confidence!
Cosmetic dentistry can come in many forms. It is often desired for chipped, cracked, misaligned or discolored teeth. Depending on your goals, there are different options available that may have different results and longevity.
Bonding is another name for direct composite fillings and may be feasible in one visit. Veneers are indirect restorations made of porcelain that get bonded/cemented to your natural teeth, and typically take two or more visits. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Harvey to review the pros and cons of all of your options so that you may make an informed decision.
Porcelain veneers in Concord, NH offer patients a wide array of benefits for their smiles. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain your dentist will customize to fit over your teeth. This allows veneers to cover imperfections such as:
- Spacing between teeth
- Discoloration or stains
- Shape or size discrepancies
- Misalignment concerns
- Chipping, wear, or fractures
Porcelain veneers are also bonded directly to your teeth, making them durable and reliable for many years. Veneers can be utilized for repairing one tooth or completely redesigning an entire smile.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
It typically takes about two weeks and two visits with your dentist to complete your new smile. During your first visit, your dentist prepares your teeth for your veneers, and we place temporary restorations. Wearing your temporary veneers gives you the opportunity to get used to the look and feel of your new smile.
It takes the dental laboratory about two weeks to craft your new veneers, and when they're completed, you'll return to our Concord, NH dental office to have them placed permanently. Now you're ready to enjoy all the confidence your new smile will bring you!
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are a protective restoration that covers your entire tooth so that you can chew more confidently. The goal of a crown or "cap" is to prevent fracture/breakage when a tooth has a very large filling and/or cracks, fracture lines. A crown is typically made out of porcelain, zirconia (metal-oxide) or gold, and is fabricated by a U.S. laboratory. It is cemented or bonded over your tooth, which has been shaped to receive this custom restoration, so that it blends with your other teeth and fits comfortably into your bite.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Your White Park Dental dentist might recommend a dental crown to cover all the surfaces of your tooth. Crowns not only improve the appearance of an existing tooth, but they can also protect a weak or damaged tooth. Crowns are also the visible portion of a dental implant. Dental crowns are stain-resistant and can last for many years, and they look so natural people won't be able to tell them apart from your existing teeth.
You may want a crown to:
- Strengthen a large filling
- Protect a broken or weak tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Strengthen a fractured tooth
- Cover a stained or misshapen tooth
- Protect a root canal treatment
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge can restore one or multiple missing teeth. Having a missing tooth can affect your appearance, the way you speak and eat. To fill in the gaps that are left by missing teeth, a bridge may be the perfect solution. Bridges adhere to the teeth surrounding the missing tooth where crowns are placed; a replacement tooth attaches to the crowns. This fills in the gap and prevents your teeth from shifting. Like dental crowns, bridges look like your natural tooth.
Contact Our Concord, NH Office Today!
If you have a weak, damaged, or flawed tooth, we would recommend dental crowns. For an easy tooth replacement, dental bridges may work best for you. Contact us White Park Dental in Concord, NH to schedule an appointment to see if you are a good candidate!
Sometimes when a tooth breaks or an older filling is lost, a significant portion of the natural tooth is no longer present.
How Crowns Work
When over 50% of the tooth is broken or filling material, the tooth can be prepared and crown placed over the tooth, to protect it from further damage. This longer-lasting treatment option will allow you to be able to chew more confidently and enjoy your favorite foods. We are able to use the latest dental material which are not only strong, but cosmetic. Please call us to schedule an appointment and discuss your options.
Dentures and Implant-Supported Dentures
Yes, partial dentures are designed to be worn while eating. There may be certain food items that are more challenging with a traditional partial, which uses clasps around your natural teeth to hold it in. Certain foods can wear of break the partial denture of time. Many patients select implants to help support their dentures to allow for more stability and comfort in order to eat their favorite foods.
Over time, a well-fitting denture may not fit as well as it once had. This happens when the ridge of gum underneath the denture slowly resorbs or shrinks, causing the denture to feel loose. Initially, a slight amount of denture adhesive may be beneficial. It may be more advantageous for comfortable and effective chewing if the denture is relined with new acrylic, or potentially if a new denture is fabricated.
We Can Help
If you are frustrated with the fit and movement of your removable appliance, you may also want to consider how dental implants may improve the stability of your prosthesis. Click here to learn more. Please call us today to schedule your consultation.
Traditional dentures rest on your gum tissue and relies on suction to stay in place. They often take the coordination of cheeks and tongue to remain in proper position. Implant supported dentures are anchored to your jaw making them more reliable to chew harder food items and cause less discomfort as they are much more stable. Please call our office for a consultation to discuss your options in more detail.
We use our teeth naturally to chew every day, but if our teeth come together more frequently, they can wear at a more rapid rate. Some people touch their teeth together during the day or at night in habits such as chewing on nails, clenching and/or bruxism (grinding). Bringing the teeth together more frequently than desired results in loss of enamel and then a showing of the second layer of the tooth, called dentin, which appears more yellow and discolored. For many people, these actions are subconscious and do not cause discomfort, making them unaware. Please schedule an appointment so we can evaluate and discuss your preventative and restorative options.
There are many decisions that need to be considered when choosing how to replace missing teeth. You must consider your personal goals and desires. We will walk you through a decision-making process customized to your needs. This would include determining if you would like something fixed or removable, and what is feasible with your dental health.
Make an Informed Decision
We take into consideration long-term stability, cosmetics and your budget so that you may make an informed decision regarding what is right for you. Please call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Harvey.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you'll understand how a gap in your smile can compromise many areas in your life, such as chewing, eating, speaking, and feeling confident about your appearance.
Additionally, a missing tooth can lead to further tooth loss because neighboring teeth tend to shift towards the gap and impact the alignment of your teeth.
For patients seeking a permanent tooth restoration, White Park Dental offers dental implants.
Dental implants are different than dental bridges and dentures. While they all seek to replace missing teeth, only dental implants go beyond the gumline to anchor with the jawbone. This process requires surgery and months of healing to restore your tooth fully. It's understandable for patients to be concerned with the amount of pain they might feel.
How Painful Are Dental Implants?
The actual surgery itself is not painful. Many our Concord patients have expressed surprise at how painless it is. Before we start, Dr. Kristen Harvey will administer a local anesthetic. Patients will not feel any discomfort as the entire area is numb.
Additionally, for patients who might have dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to help them relax and feel comfortable. We may provide pain medication to help with any pain after the anesthetic wears off.
What Happens After Dental Implant Surgery?
You heal! There may be some tenderness after the surgery, but nothing pain relief medicine cannot manage. To help with the healing process, we recommend:
- Avoid straws for 24 hours after the surgery.
- Don't be startled by minor swelling for the next few days.
- Rinse with salt water three to four times for a few days.
- Enjoy a liquid diet for the first 48 hours.
- Avoid smoking—it hinders the healing process.
- Use over-the-counter pain relief.
Learn More About Dental Implants in Corncord
Call your Concord, NH dental office today to schedule your dental implant appointment.
With a success rate of about 95 percent, placing dental implants in Concord, NH is highly predictable, and it’s rare for them to fail. In someone who’s a good candidate for implants, a biological process called osseointegration occurs. The body produces bone cells that grow around the surface of the implant, anchoring it to your jawbone.
The stability of your implant and the crown it’s attached to depends on this process to be successful. However, certain risk factors can contribute to a loose or failing implant.
- Gum disease that attacks the bone that supports the implant
- Bruxism and teeth grinding that place excessive force on the implant tooth, causing “overloading” and damaging the implant
- Certain medications like antidepressants that affect bone metabolism and osseointegration
- Smoking slows the healing process and affects optimal integration with bone
- Cancer treatment with radiation therapy inhibits healing
Even with all these risk factors, dental implant placement is still a highly successful procedure. If your implant does fail, however, there’s no need to panic. In most cases, your implant dentist will be able to remove the implant using only a local anesthetic.
If you are considering a dental implant, our Concord, NH dentist will discuss all these risk factors and how we can ensure long-term success. If your implant feels loose, call White Park Dental so we can determine the best course of action to help you.
Yes, Dr. Harvey has been trained to surgically place implants in her residency program at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and has been placing them for over ten years. She utilizes 3D radiology (CBCT) to image and treatment plan ideal placement of the implant to maximize the cosmetics and function of the crown restoration for your missing tooth. In some cases, referral is advised based on your individual condition.
How Dental Restorations Work
If you're missing one or multiple teeth but don't want to go the direction of dental bridges or dentures, you might be seriously considering dental implants.
Dental implants are considered a more natural tooth restoration than bridges or dentures because they don't just rest on the gum line. They anchor to the jawbone and replace your entire tooth, down to the root.
During your dental appointment with Dr. Kristen Harvey, we will determine if you are in good health and candidacy for this surgical procedure. There must be enough healthy bone structure to place the dental implants, but if your jawline has already started to recede from the gaps on your smile, we have procedures to restore the necessary bone.
What Do Dental Restorations Look Like?
Dental implants mimic your existing teeth more than any other dental prosthetic. The dental implant is comprised of a thin titanium screw that anchors to the jaw bone like a root. Once the implant has healed and is secured, your implant dentist will attach an abutment to the screw. This abutment allows us to place a dental crown over the dental implant.
Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
The Dental Restoration Procedure in Concord, NH
This surgical procedure is simple and pain-free. Concord, NH dental implant dentist, Dr. Kristen Harvey, will administer local anesthesia to the site so that the entire area is numb. Patients will not feel anything throughout the process.
Your Concord dentist will place the dental implant where it will take three to six months to heal. Once the healing is complete, Dr. Harvey will then place an abutment to the implant screw, followed by a natural-looking dental crown.
The Implant Procedure Is Easy
If you are interested in restoring a missing tooth, call White Park Dental today for more information.
This depends if your tooth needs to be removed or is already missing and for how long. If the tooth is already missing and there is sufficient support for the implant, it is typically restored for chewing after three months. If the tooth requires removal and site preservation with bone grafting, this adds an additional three months for healing prior to placement of the implant. In some cases, additional augmentation or addition of bone needs to take place and timing is unique to each individual patient. Please schedule an evaluation for further individual information.
Your dental implant procedure will be done in multiple appointments over the course of several months. The exact timing of each step is specific and unique to your treatment plan, the number of teeth involved, and your healing process.
The doctor places the implant, and in 3 to 6 months when the implant has fully integrated with the bone, we use an abutment and a customized crown to restore the tooth. Payment for the procedure is divided into phases and aligned with the steps of the procedure.
To replace a single missing tooth, an implant provides the benefit of being a solution for only the area of concern. With a bridge, or fixed partial denture, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth need to be prepared for a crown to act as bridge abutments. With a partial, the adjacent teeth would be required to bear the support of the missing removable tooth with clasps.
How Implants are Different
An implant is titanium root replacement with an abutment and crown that screws into it, resulting in a fixed prosthetic. It is cosmetic and easily cleaned. Please contact us to discuss if this option may be right for you.
Invisalign & Invisalign Teen
Although this is one of the most common questions we get about Invisalign in Concord, NH, it’s also one of the hardest to answer.
The ultimate goal of Invisalign is to straighten a mouth full of crooked teeth, and the length of time needed for this process varies from patient to patient. Each of our dental patients has their unique facial structure and alignment challenges, which means that the number of aligner trays they’ll need will be different from other patients.
On average, the Invisalign treatment process usually takes between a year and a year and a half. However, some patients who have minor alignment concerns will only need around six months of treatment. In comparison, others with more moderate orthodontic needs may take longer than eighteen months to complete treatment.
Invisalign is not a one-size-fits-all approach, which is why it takes longer for some people than for others. It’s common to see noticeable results after only a month or two, while other patients will need more time before they see their teeth start to shift. Overall, however, our patients tend to wear their Invisalign trays for one to two years.
The best way to know how long you can anticipate your Invisalign treatment to last is by calling our Concord, NH dentist at (603) 225-4143.
Invisalign is a highly popular orthodontic treatment for adults and older teenagers, but is it the right choice for children? Not usually, no.
While any patient who has all of their permanent teeth can wear Invisalign aligners, it’s not typically our first recommendation for children. Part of what makes Invisalign so attractive is its removable trays, and this feature can create a strong temptation to keep your aligners out more often than you should.
Your smile will only straighten as you wear your Invisalign trays as directed, which means at least 22 hours each day. And because Invisalign is only as successful as the compliance of the patients who wear it, we don’t encourage young children to go through the program.
Patients who choose Invisalign in Concord, NH need to wear their aligners all the time, both during waking and sleeping hours, except for when they’re eating or cleaning their teeth. Additionally, patients need to wash and rinse their Invisalign trays frequently and to keep track of how long they’ve worn each tray before moving to the next one.
While some teenagers with more developed mouths may be good candidates for Invisalign, our dental team will recommend traditional braces to younger patients and all patients who would struggle to take their aligners in and out throughout the day.
Improve Your Smile & Health
Not only can straightening your teeth with orthodontics (braces/Invisalign) provide you a desirable smile, it can allow for easier home care and healthier gums. Harmful bacteria that resides in all of our mouths needs to be removed regularly. It likes to hide in nooks and crannies, and therefore straightening your teeth will allow for more ease in removing plaque with brushing and flossing, and when you see your hygienist. This can prevent bone and tooth loss, which will preserve your pearly whites!
We take your dental health seriously. Visual inspection of your mouth does not provide us all of the necessary information to care for you properly. Cavities between your teeth in flossing areas are not seen with the naked eye until they are quite large, causing the need for more invasive and costly treatment. Bone loss, abscesses and other concerns are best seen on high resolution digital radiographs. We prefer to give you more timely, conservative recommendations to keep you healthy.
Digital Sensors for Your Benefit
The interval in which dental radiographs are taken will be customized to your needs and risk level. Luckily the digital sensors we use emit a very low amount of radiation. Four check-up bitewing radiographs = 0.005 mSv, and is less radiation than would be received going about everyday life. To put this in a different perspective, an airplane passenger on an average 7 hour flight receives 0.02 m Sv (equivalent to 16 small dental radiographs). We strive to provide the best care in the safest manner, please contact us to discuss any concerns further.
Sealants are a conservative and non-invasive preventive treatment that can protect your back teeth from cavities. They are particularly effective for children who often don’t have the coordination or the patience to brush their back teeth properly, but they can also be used in adults who have deep grooves in their teeth or are at a higher risk for cavities for other reasons.
The sealants are brushed on as a flowable material and then light-cured. The sealants coat and “seal off” the grooves in the back teeth, preventing the bacteria that cause cavities from accessing the area. They provide a smooth, flat surface to make removal of plaque and bacteria easier. The entire process takes minutes, and the only side effect is a bad taste in your mouth that goes away as soon as you rinse. You can eat and drink just minutes after having the sealants placed and they last for years at a time.
At each check-up, we’ll check the condition of your sealants to make sure that they are still in place.
The best way to determine whether sealants are a good choice for you or your child is to schedule an appointment at our Concord dental office. Dr. Bogacz or Dr. Harvey will examine your teeth and discuss both your own history and your family’s dental history with you to see if you can benefit.
Congratulations! It is very important to maintain your own health for yourself and your baby. Hormones during this time can lead to an increased risk of gum inflammation. Gum disease (periodontitis) may place you at higher risk for delivering preterm and/or low-birth-weight infant. Please contact us to schedule your routine preventative care with on of our hygienists. We would love to talk to you about how to care for your mouth and your child’s when they arrive.
Regular cleanings are the backbone of preventive dental care, and our philosophy here at White Park Dental is to prevent problems before they start whenever possible.
Even the most dedicated brushers and flossers are occasionally going to miss a spot. Teeth aren’t uniform, and there are all sorts of places for plaque and bacteria to hide. It’s not realistic to expect to get the same kind of results from a two-minute brushing routine as you would get from an hour with a skilled professional using specialized instruments.
We take special care to remove every trace of plaque and tartar during your cleaning so that you can have a fresh start every six months. We understand if you haven’t made time recently to get a cleaning and you’re overdue. Don’t feel embarrassed! Just give us a call and we’ll help you get back on track.
Cleanings are also a great time to touch base with your hygienist and ask questions about improving your hygiene. Our hygienists are smart and are an excellent resource. They are also highly skilled at spotting the signs of potential problems, so your cleaning is also a chance for us to identify a problem while it’s still in its early stages so that we can recommend an appropriate treatment. Contact our office to schedule your appointment.
A water pick is considered an adjunct for dental care, meaning it is a device used in addition to brushing and flossing. This supplemental tool is great to irrigate and remove food particles as well as bacteria.
Dental floss is a more effective tool to clean between teeth to mechanically scrape off the sticky biofilm of bacteria that forms daily and causes cavities and gum disease.
When you see our hygienist, their number one goal is to provide you the best service they can to achieve oral health. The type of care they provide is specific to your individual diagnosis or dental condition. A “cleaning” is a prophylaxis in which bacteria, plaque and tartar/calculus above the gumline is removed in a preventative manner. Some patients require active therapy of their gums due to the presence of gum inflammation and/or periodontal disease. This is detected by taking measurements and assessing dental radiographs to detect bone loss. In order to prevent further bone loss, mobility of teeth and potential loss of teeth, the teeth need to be “cleaned” below the gumline on root surfaces to remove harmful toxins and bacteria. Superficial, preventative scaling and polishing would not be appropriate for you, as an individual, in this scenario. We will work with you to provide the best therapy in our office and at home so that you may enjoy your teeth for years to come. Please call to schedule your next appointment.
Healthy gum tissue is firm and pink. Seeing bleeding of the gums when your brush and/or floss can indicate that you have some form of gum (periodontal) disease. Please call us to schedule a consult so we can recommend the proper treatment for you in order to decrease your risk for future tooth loss and/or other health concerns.
In some cases, it could be the garlic in your spaghetti sauce, but more frequently, what we think of as “bad breath” (known medically as halitosis) is caused by a build-up of bacteria as a result of inadequate dental hygiene or a condition like periodontal disease.
While you can chew gum and swish mouthwash hoping to mask the problem, these are only temporary solutions. To truly solve the breath problem, you will need to visit our office so that we can perform an examination and truly get to the bottom of your bad breath.
When Bad Breath Becomes A Serious Problem
The first thing we’ll look at is your oral hygiene routine. Are you brushing frequently enough? Do you have plaque building up on your teeth (bacteria love plaque; it’s like a cozy little home for them)? Are you flossing or are your gums red and inflamed? Most of the time, making simple tweaks and improvements to your self-care routine will be enough to improve your breath.
But if it isn’t, then you might have a more serious problem. Bad breath is usually one of the most prominent indicators of periodontal disease. Recent studies have linked periodontal disease to a number of chronic systemic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, so you can see why we want to keep this infection under control.
If you have periodontal disease, we’ll discuss treatments like deep cleanings and medication to stop the progress and restore health to your gums. Call our office today to schedule your examination at, White Park Dental.
Your children’s primary or “baby” teeth are just as important as their permanent or “adult” teeth. They allow your child to chew and speak properly in addition to holding space in their jaw for their permanent teeth. As soon as the first tooth erupts they are at risk for a cavity. We would be happy to have a wellness visit with you and your child at any time to discuss daily brushing and nutrition to lower their risk.
What to Expect
The ADA and AAP ideally recommend a dental visit by your child’s first birthday. We can get them more comfortable with sitting in the dental chair, testing out “Mr. Thirsty” and polishing with our special toothbrush. Routine preventative care at a young age will set your child up for dental health success into the future. Please contact us to schedule today!
White Park Dental is a relationship-based practice that is dedicated to treat each patient as an individual. Therefore, your dental care is tailored to your needs. During your first visit to our office you will meet Dr. Harvey who will discuss your concerns and goals for your dental health. It is important to diagnose your oral condition prior to beginning a "cleaning" with our hygienist, as there are different levels of treatment required to maintain a healthy mouth.
Toothpaste aids in removing plaque, which is a sticky biofilm of bacteria, that forms on your teeth and gums and is the cause of cavities and gum disease. Fluoride has been scientifically proven to make enamel stronger by making it more acid-resistant, which lowers cavity risk.
Fluoridated toothpaste should be utilized twice daily for two minutes and then spit out. Children below the age of 3 should use a rice grain sized smear and from age 3-6 a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Root Canals & Extractions
Each patient may experience a slightly different period of down-time after a dental extraction. It is important to follow the dentist’s instructions following the procedure including initially eating softer food on the opposite side of your mouth. It is wise avoiding smoking, sucking through a straw, and heavy lifting/exercise during your recovery to avoid dry socket.
Your Comfort Is Important
You may be feeling more comfortable even after 24-48 hours, but some surgical sites may be sore for a couple weeks. Drs. Harvey and Bogacz can guide you in recommendations for pain management. It takes time for your mouth to heal, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
A root canal may be needed when the pulp/nerve of the tooth, which supplies blood and sensation, dies due to infection or trauma. It is important to remove the infected portion of the tooth before the infection can spread further, and should not be delayed as complications or loss of the tooth could arise. Discomfort during dental procedures is managed with local anesthetic to numb the area in order to provide care in an efficient and comfortable manner.
TMJ & Bruxism
Frequent headaches are debilitating and significantly affect the quality of your life when you can't focus and think clearly. If you are experiencing headaches regularly, especially in the morning, it could be a sign of bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth.
Bruxism typically happens at night, while you're sleeping, so many people don't even realize they're doing it. However, it causes many uncomfortable issues including excessive wear to your teeth, tenderness when biting and chewing, and headaches. Since it's difficult to diagnose this condition without the help of your dentist, be sure to discuss frequent headaches with Dr. Harvey or Dr. Bogacz. Your dentist in Concord, NH can help you determine if you are suffering from bruxism during your routine examination.
Custom Mouth Guards
If clenching and grinding is a problem for you, our dentists will recommend a customized night guard for you to wear while you sleep. A night guard is typically made of plastic that you wear over your teeth to protect them from the damage that bruxism causes. It is comfortable to wear, easy to get used to, and fits much like a retainer.
If you have a soreness in your jaw, it sometimes is located by your ear, since one of our major chewing muscles is right in front of it. When we clench or grind, the muscles are constantly being used and can get tired and achy, and may lead to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). If done over time, this may also lead to a click, or slipping of the disc, between the lower jaw and the skull. Sometimes this is uncomfortable and sometimes not.
We recommend scheduling an appointment to look at your jaw, muscles and joint to determine what the source of your symptoms are, and your options. It is always wise to avoid opening really wide, touching your teeth when not eating or swallowing, and avoid hard items such as ice. Avoiding gum chewing and/or repeated actions of your jaw will also lessen symptoms. We look forward to your call!
A custom night guard is made by taking an impression of your teeth so the appliance is fit specifically for your mouth. This allows for a more comfortable and retentive fit so that you will be able to wear this protective device throughout the night.
The material is rigid and durable to provide years of use. It is designed to produce less stress on your jaw joints and reduce Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) symptoms, such as muscle soreness and headaches, over time. It will also act as prevention against wear and breaking of your teeth due to extra forces from clenching and grinding in your sleep. Please contact us to see if a custom night guard may be right for you.
Many patients come to us with concerns about amalgam (metal) fillings, often because of something they’ve read online or from a well-meaning friend.
Multiple studies have been conducted by such agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Public Health to test the safety of amalgam fillings, and no study has ever found an adverse health effect connected to dental fillings.
Although amalgam fillings are safe, we still prefer to use tooth-colored fillings here at White Park Dental. Amalgam fillings are useful, but we have a better alternative now that blends in beautifully with your own natural tooth color and is safe, durable, and effective.
If you still have questions or concerns about your fillings, please let us know. For the most part, we don’t recommend replacing metal fillings unless they are damaged in some way or they are in a part of your mouth where they are very conspicuous.
It is important to stay current with the most recent dental materials and methods for the health of our patients. White composite fillings allow for the dentist to remove a minimal amount of infected tooth structure in order to restore your cavity. It is a cosmetic and conservative option when prevention is no longer feasible.