405-670-5000

Toby Rhodes, DDS

405-670-5000
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1700 S. Sunnylane Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73115

General FAQ

1. What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
2. Why are my teeth sensitive?
3. What is Gingivitis?
4. What is periodontal disease?
5. What is the difference a white and silver filling?
6. What is bonding?
7. What are crowns?
8. Does your office offer financing for services provided?


1. What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

The most important preventive measures against gum disease and tooth decay take place at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to maintain good oral health.


2. Why are my teeth sensitive?

There is a huge range of potential causes for sensitive teeth. While cracks, decay, gum line recession, and teeth grinding can be obvious causes, recent dental procedures or overzealous brushing can also cause increased sensitivity. There are numerous toothpastes and gels designed to help with sensitive teeth, but if they’re not having the desired effect it may be time to contact us for more information and treatment options.


3. What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a gum condition characterized by inflamed, painful, or bleeding gums caused by bacteria in plaque along the gum line. At this stage, the condition is likely still reversible with proper dental hygiene. We recommend scheduling regular hygiene appointments, where our team will be happy to show you good oral hygiene techniques to keep your gums Gingivitis free.


4. What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease can be described as the advanced form of Gingivitis. On top of inflamed, painful, or bleeding gums, symptoms may include:

  • Bad breath
  • Recession of the gums
  • Gum sensitivity
  • Abscesses
  • Bone loss
  • Pain in the teeth or gums
  • Tooth loss

If you suspect you may have periodontal disease, it’s important that you contact us immediately to schedule an appointment.


5. What is the difference a white and silver filling?

Silver, or amalgam, fillings are made of metallic alloys. Although they’ve been around for more than a century, amalgam fillings are still a strong restoration option, as their ability to expand and contract with temperature prevents bacteria from entering a restored tooth.

White fillings are composite fillings made of plastic or glass polymers, and are applied as a resin, which hardens into a filling. The chief advantage of white fillings is that they’re made to look and feel identical to the existing tooth.


6. What is bonding?

Bonding is an easy and cost-efficient way to fix gaps, cracks, chips, discoloration, and other defects in a tooth. For more information, visit our bonding and white filling section.


7. What are crowns?

Crowns are essentially tooth-shaped caps fitted over teeth, and are required if a tooth is weakened, decayed beyond the help of filling or bonding, or has undergone root canal therapy. Additionally, patients may choose to receive crowns for aesthetic purposes. For more information, visit our crowns section.


8. Does your office offer financing for services provided?

Please contact us to discuss financing options. We’d love to help you improve your smile!