Do you have questions regarding our Tewksbury dental practice, oral hygiene best practices or something else dentistry related? Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page! Our goal is to educate and inform our patients about all things dentistry. We’ve tried to compile the most frequently asked questions at our practice, however if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to ask at your next appointment! We love talking about dentistry and smiles.

The American Dental Association (and our dentists, Drs. Svetlana and Mikhail Gomer) suggest that you bring in your baby six months after their first tooth has come in or by the time they turn one.

You should aim to visit our MGS Dental office twice a year, or about every six months. This allows Drs. Svetlana or Mikhail Gomer to check for issues before they become serious.

The best ways to prevent tooth decay are through a good diet and consistent oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly are necessary to clear out any plaque and bacteria left over after eating. Drs. Svetlana and Mikhail Gomer also recommend steering clear of sugary foods and to eat a diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals.

The ingredients in MGS Dental’s in-office whitening treatment are more potent than those found in store-bought whiteners, so you’ll see better results much faster. Also, store-bought whiteners can cause tooth sensitivity, where our process does not.

If the damage is not extensive, most broken teeth can be fixed. A few options are porcelain veneers, where a thin sheet of porcelain is bonded to the front of your tooth to strengthen it, or dental bonding, which is where resin is molded onto the tooth’s surface to repair and cover any cracks. If the damage is severe, crowns are another option. Drs. Svetlana or Mikhail Gomer at MGS Dental can assess your smile to see which cosmetic option is best for you.

There are a few different ways to replace a missing tooth. One of them is dental bridges, which is a procedure where an artificial tooth is attached to the adjacent teeth to fill in any gaps caused by a lost tooth. Another option is dental implants, where a metal rod is embedded into the jawbone so an artificial tooth can be attached. If you are missing many teeth, you might want to look into all-on-4 implants or dentures. Drs. Svetlana or Mikhail Gomer can discuss the different tooth restoration options we offer with you.

At MGS Dental, we offer the option of anesthesia for all of our procedures, so you won’t feel any pain while the procedure is being performed. Some discomfort and swelling is normal in the days following your procedure, but the pain can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.

If you’re bleeding and the area won’t clot after about ten minutes, you should go to the emergency room. For most dental emergencies, though, it’s a better idea to see Drs. Svetlana Gomer or Mikhail Gomer as soon as possible. If a tooth has been knocked out, gently rinse it and keep it under your tongue or in your cheek until you can get to our office.