Kristi Soileau, DDS, MEd, MSHCE, FACD
Periodontal Cosmetic and Regenerative Surgery
Call: (504) 899-2255

FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?

Q: How often should I brush and floss?

Q: How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

Q: How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?

Q: How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?

Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Q: What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

Q: How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?

Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Q: What are my options if I have missing teeth?

Q: What does heart disease and other medical conditions have to do with periodontal (gum) disease?

Q: What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?

Q: What are the consequences of missing teeth?

Q: I have big gums and short teeth, so when I smile you can almost only see my gums. I don’t smile very often anymore because I am so self conscious of my gums. Is there a way to improve my smile?

Q: Is periodontal disease contagious?

Q: I was recently diagnosed with periodontal disease. How often should I see my periodontist for an examination?

Q: Who should treat my periodontal disease: my general dentist or a periodontist?

Q: I was recently diagnosed with periodontal disease. My periodontist mentioned that laser surgery would be an appropriate option for my treatment course. Is laser surgery safe? Is it as effective as traditional treatment courses?

Q: My periodontist says that he is “board certified.” What does that mean?

Q: Is there a link between periodontal disease and diabetes?

Q: What can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?

Q: What are common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?

Q: Other than diagnose and treat gum disease, what else have periodontists been trained to do?

Q: Can children be at risk for developing periodontal disease?

Q: I lost a tooth, and I’m interested in replacing it with an implant. How much does the average implant cost?

Q: Both of my parents have periodontal disease, and I’m worried that it may be genetic. Is there a way to determine my risk for developing gum disease?

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