Answers to Dental Questions│Thomas Peltzer, DMD│CT
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Q: How often should I have a professional dental cleaning and exam?
Q: Can I do anything about my “gummy smile?”
Q: Where do I go if I need a lot of dental work done?
Q: What is sleep dentistry?
Q: What is the best teeth replacement option?
Q: How can I overcome my fear of going to the dentist?
Q: Why are root canals better than extractions?
Q: Can I get rid of gaps between my teeth without braces?
Q: What If I Have Other Questions?

Q: How often should I have a professional dental cleaning and exam?
A: Brushing and flossing daily are important, but The American Dental Association also recommends you see a dentist for a professional dental cleaning and exam at least twice per year. Regular dental visits are also effective in preventing dental problems that could arise without proper oral care.

Q: Can I do anything about my “gummy smile?”
A: Absolutely! We have several treatments to reduce and reshape your gums to help your teeth look lengthened and more attractive. Depending on your specific needs, we can be as minimally invasive as possible while giving you excellent results.

Q: Where do I go if I need a lot of dental work done?
A: Come to Gentle Dental Care! Though it can be overwhelming when you know you are a long way from a healthy mouth and a complete smile, Dr. Thomas Peltzer can examine and evaluate your specific needs and together you can lay out a comprehensive treatment plan. You may be surprised to find that, with the help of sedation, even complex and multi-phase procedures can be done in one visit!

Q: What is sleep dentistry?
A: With the help of IV sedation, you can actually complete your dental work with no awareness or memory of any unpleasant sights, smells, sensations, or sounds. Dr. Thomas Peltzer is an expert in the field of sedation dentistry, and is qualified to help patients with special medical needs, high-risk patients, or even patients who would just rather be unaware during dental procedures – safely and comfortably. There are many benefits of sleep dentistry. An anxious patient can be completely relaxed instead of struggling with fear the entire appointment. Also, with sleep dentistry, we are able to accomplish more in one appointment, making it very convenient and stress-free to have even complex procedures done. Sleep dentistry requires very specialized education, so not every dentist is able to offer it.

Q: What is the best teeth replacement option?
A: Most dentists agree that dental implants restored with crowns are the best teeth replacement option, but at Gentle Dental Care we offer several solutions: dental implants, bridges, full and partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures. You do not have to live with missing teeth, and you do not have to wait. We can replace your teeth today!

Q: How can I overcome my fear of going to the dentist?
A: One of the best ways to overcome your fear of going to the dentist is to find a great dentist whom you can trust. Another way to overcome dental anxiety is to have a dentist who can put you at ease with comfort options and sedation. Dr. Peltzer knows from personal experience how it feels to be the one in the dental chair, and he does everything possible to help you relax and have the most positive dental experience you have ever had.

Q: Why are root canals better than extractions?
A: With advanced tooth decay, when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, it is important to take action with a root canal to save the tooth. It is better to save a natural tooth whenever possible. Removing the tooth compromises the jaw structure and facial appearance and alters the bite and alignment of your other teeth. If your tooth cannot be saved, it is important to replace it with a dental implant to maintain the ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence.

Q: Can I get rid of gaps between my teeth without braces?
A: Yes. If you have gaps between your teeth or other alignment issues, and you do not want to wear braces, there is an alternative. At Gentle Dental Care, we offer short-term orthodontics using invisible plastic aligners instead of metal wires and brackets. Each aligner uses gentle pressure to shift your teeth gradually into the desired position. Many patients achieve the results they want in one year or less.

Q: What If I Have Other Questions?
A: We are happy to help you get answers to your questions about any dental procedure, our practice, or Dr. Peltzer. Just use our online form to request information, or call Gentle Dental Care directly at
860-479-2397.

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