Frequently Asked Questions About Our Practice and Services
Learn more about our family dentist in Carlisle, PA, by scheduling your appointment with Dr. Robert Serafin or Dr. Tamara Shore today!
Periodontitis, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues and bones supporting the teeth. If this infection progresses without treatment, you are at risk of irreversible damage such as tooth loss and jaw bone loss. Our family dentist in Carlisle, PA, will determine what type of treatment is appropriate for you depending on the stage of gum disease.
We recommend coming in to see us at least twice a year. Some patients, such as those who have had gum disease or are at risk of gum disease, must come in more frequently to reduce the risk of an infection in the mouth.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth at least two times a day. It is generally a good idea to floss your teeth after brushing to prevent plaque buildup between and around the teeth.
Dr. Serafin or Dr. Shore may recommend dental implants to permanently replace missing teeth. Other options include a fixed bridge or removable dentures. We can discuss the benefits of all options during your consultation.
Our family dentist in Carlisle, PA, will typically take a set of bitewing x-rays during your annual exam and recommend patents get panorex x-rays every three to five years. Dental x-rays allow us to see areas of the jaw and teeth that are not visible with our regular oral examination.
Even though many over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments look promising, they contain limited amounts of whitening agents and some can damage your gums and teeth. We recommend coming to our office for professional teeth whitening treatments so that you get the full benefit of treatment with-out the risk of tooth or gum damage.