Patient Q&A

At Dr. Pawar's, we believe patients deserve to feel confident in the care they’re receiving. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about dental health and the treatments we offer. If you have additional concerns, don’t hesitate to call our office in Folsom at 916-235-6212.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Gum recession may cause teeth to feel sensitive when eating, drinking, and brushing. While mild sensitivity can often be treated with toothpastes and gels, more serious gum recession may require dental treatments. Contact our staff to learn more about options for treating tooth sensitivity in Folsom.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are the best ways to prevent gingivitis and protect the long-term health of your smile.

What is gingivitis?

Caused by bacteria entering the gums, gingivitis may lead to irritation, inflammation, and bleeding. Proper oral hygiene, including flossing, can help mitigate the effects of this condition.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

The following are symptoms that you may be suffering from periodontal or gum disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession and sensitivity
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth loss

How does Dr Pawar treat periodontal disease?

Dr Pawar provides a variety of treatments for periodontal disease, including: gum cleaning, root planing and scaling, laser therapy, and local antibiotics. In rare cases, patients may require surgery to treat severe periodontal disease.

Should I get white or silver tooth fillings?

Both white and silver fillings can be effective for treating dental cavities. Also known as amalgam, silver fillings expand and contract when exposed to temperature changes and keep bacteria from entering the tooth. White fillings, Also known as composites, match the look and feel of your existing tooth and help prevent future decay.

What are the best ways of enhancing my smile?

The best smile improvement procedure depends on your unique dental circumstances. Here are just a few of the ways in which Amar Pawar DDS enhances patients’ smiles:

  • Tooth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain crowns

What is tooth whitening?

A minimally invasive yet highly effective form of smile improvement, tooth whitening involves the application of a whitening gel after a comprehensive exam and cleaning. At Amar Pawar DDS, we use whitening treatments with fluoride to reduce the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity.

Who should consider dental bonding?

Anyone who is looking for a cost effective dental bonding procedure that can fill gaps in teeth, and cover stains and imperfections.

Who should consider porcelain veneers?

Thin pieces of porcelain applied to your natural teeth, veneers are effective treatments for stains, crooked teeth, and small gaps in your smile. This procedure is good for anyone looking to permanently enhance the look and functionality of their teeth. 

Who is a good candidate for crowns?

People who have experienced significant decay in their teeth should consider crowns. A porcelain crown covers your entire tooth and is an effective way to change the size, shape, and color of teeth while protecting it from future damage.

What are dental implants?

Implants offer an effective replacement for missing teeth for most dental patients. After inserting a titanium screw-like object into the gum, we place a prosthetic tooth over the implant. After a few months, the implant and bone will fuse together providing a strong, permanent bond.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

A permanent solution for missing teeth, dental implants preserve the jaw structure and reduce further tooth and bone loss.  Additionally, implants allow you to smile confidently and eat the foods you enjoy without fear.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants varies according to the needs of the patient, however, on average, they can cost between $1500 and $7500. At Dr Pawar's, we sit down with every patient to discuss cost before any treatment is performed and offer affordable payment plans as well.

How long do implants last?

With proper home care and regular dental visits, dental implants can last 30 years to a lifetime.

Does Dr Pawar offer financing?

Yes. Please contact us at 916-235-6212 to discuss our financial options. Our goal is to help all patients achieve their dream smiles.