FAQ


The Academy of Pediatric Dentists suggests a first visit at 5.5 months to educate parents about how to prevent decay when baby's first teeth come in - and alert them to the dangers of baby bottle syndrome and sugar exposure.

I like to see children for the first time at about the age of three. It's a good time to get them used to having their teeth cleaned and checked. More importantly, it means we can nip serious problems that require uncomfortable treatments in the bud - avoiding procedures that might make them dread dental visits in the future.

The solution depends on the root cause of the problem (no pun intended). If you are simply brushing too hard, easing up and switching to a softer toothbrush should do the trick. Many of my patients also report relief from switching to toothpastes and rinses formulated for sensitive teeth.

Your regular six month exam is where we check for more serious causes of sensitivity. If cracked teeth, receding gums, gingivitis or periodontal disease are at fault, the earlier we detect the problem and begin treatment the better.

First, we take the time to listen. We encourage you to share your concerns with us. Does the sound of the equipment make you nervous? Do you feel claustrophobic when you are being examined? Do you need more frequent breaks? Have you had any previous experiences that have made you wary of dental treatment? The more we know, the more we can help!

Second, we treat all our patients like family. Our caring staff will explain every step in your treatment, so there will never be any surprises. We've discovered over the years that a lot of the anxiety patients experience is really fear of the unknown.

Our priority is to turn the "white knuckle" visit you are dreading into a pleasant, relaxing experience.

All current scientific evidence continues to reflect that silver (amalgam) fillings are safe and effective - an opinion shared by such credible sources as the ADA, the FDA and the Mayo Clinic.

Unless your silver filling is cracked or there is decay underneath it, there is no real need to replace it. For most patients the cost and inconvenience of replacing their metal fillings is not outweighed by the cosmetic benefits.

Yes! When one of my patients is in pain I clear my schedule to see them immediately. If your emergency strikes outside of my regular office hours, do not hesitate to call. Our answering machine provides my cell phone number so you can reach me at anytime.

While they are both inflammatory processes caused by bacteria plaque and tartar allowed to collect around the gum line, gingivitis is a milder form of the disease. In gingivitis the inflammation is localized in just the tissue. The red, swollen gums that accompany it can usually be reversed by more diligent brushing and flossing at home and regular cleaning by your hygienist.

Left untreated gingivitis, which effects only the gums, can advance to periodontitis - an inflammation that spreads and grows beneath the gum line and damages the bone, gums and tissue that hold your teeth in place.

Depending on the extent of the infection, treatment for periodontitis can involve deep cleaning techniques like scaling or root planing to remove plaque below the gum line along with antibiotics. In extreme cases, surgical options might be necessary. They include lifting back the gums to remove the tartar (flap surgery) or bone and tissue grafts to regenerate any bone or gum tissue destroyed by the disease.

The advances in dental technology has led to a 90% reduction in the radiation emitted by a dental x-ray. Once the image is captured by the computer, it can be enhanced by software - so that more information can be gathered with less radiation. This means detecting serious dental problems that can only be revealed by dental x-ray is safer than ever.

(As a point of comparison, a mammogram exposes a patient to 60 times the radiation as a digital x-ray, and a chest CT scan gives off 2,800 times as much radiation.)

Yes! We offer 12 months interest free financing for our patients without insurance or for patients who require a treatment not covered by their insurer.

Meet Dr. Zora

It has always been my mission to offer patients family dentistry with a personal touch. I would like to provide dental services for you and your family. Allow me to introduce myself.

Specials

Receive a FREE Teeth Whitening Kit with your exam and cleaning - a $99 value! Learn more.

Convenient Locations

Fox Chapel Office:
412-781-7650. Get details/directions.

Pleasant Hills Office:
412-462-4640. Get details/directions.