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Whether for general or cosmetic dentistry, you deserve an experienced dentist, a dentist able to bring the latest technologies to aid in your comfort and the preservation of a healthy smile.  

Staff in the officeAt the office of Dr. Learn in Latrobe, PA, our mission is more than your smile.  We want you to enjoy a full lifetime of dental health.

Our Services Inlcude:

General Dentistry

  • Checkups
  • Cavities and Cleaning
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Root Canals
  • Extractions
  • TMJ
  • Dental Bridges
  • Dentistry Implants  

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Aesthetic Dental Procedures
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Crowns and Veneers
  • Bonding
  • Inlays and Onlays
  • Implants  

Oral Sedation

  • One of the few offices
    in our region offering experienced Sleep Dentistry services.

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Learn more about Dr. Scott Learn and his experienced dental team and about the dental services they offer.

 

What causes tooth decay?

The enamel of your teeth is very hard, but it is also porous.  A film of bacteria called plaque can build up on your teeth.  When it does, the acids released by the bacteria enter the pores of the enamel and cause demineralization and decay.  The end result is a cavity.  If left untreated, the decay can reach the pulp of the tooth and cause infection.  Of course, brushing with a good fluoride toothpaste helps to remove plaque, prevent decay, and even create a remineralization of the enamel that is more resistant to plaque and bacterial acids.

What causes tooth discoloration?

Aging is a common cause, as is the drinking of coffee, tea, colas, and the smoking of cigarettes.  Other causes include nerve degeneration and trauma.  In general, discoloration of teeth over time is something we will all experience.

Is tooth whitening safe?

Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that is often considered the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.  The active agent doing the whitening is actually oxygen, and only the color of the tooth is changed.  The only side effects are occasional temporary gum irritation and tooth sensitivity to cold, both of which fade with a few days after treatment.

How long does whitening take?

While results are often seen after the first appointment, repeated applications are necessary to achieve the best aesthetic affect.In order to maintain your brightened smile, it is best to stay away from stain causing substances, such as tobacco, coffee, and tea, and to have "touch up" appointments once or twice a year.

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What causes tooth sensitivity?

Microscopic tubules or little holes in the dentin of your teeth lead to the nerves inside.  If you experience pain when eating hot or cold food, or even sweets, then some of these tubules have been exposed in such a way as to allow the hot or cold fluid through to the nerve.  Your dentin can become exposed by receding gums, chipped teeth, or simply aging and wear of your teeth.

Can tooth sensitivity be treated?

Damaged teeth and gum disease need to be handled on a case by case basis by your dentist or periodontist.  Often, tooth sensitivity can be managed by more attentive brushing habits, including the use of a fluoride rinse or gel prescribed by the dentist, a desensitizing toothpaste, and/or a powered tooth brush.

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What is gum disease?

Gum disease refers to several conditions including gingivitis, a mild inflammation of the gums and possible bleeding due to plaque buildup; periodontitis, a separation of the gum from the tooth which can lead to infection and damaged supporting bone; and advanced periodontitis, where pus may develop and the tooth loosens and may fall out.  Your dentist is trained to recognize the beginning signs of gum disease before any noticeable symptoms appear.  Left untreated, gum disease leads to red, swollen, and bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, and difficulty chewing properly.

What if Dr. Learn is listed as "out of network" for my benefit plan?

Don't hesitate to call and allow our qualified staff to research your payment options.  Many times patients will hesitate to schedule an appointment with a doctor outside of their benefit plan network; however, out-of-network services are often approved upon request.

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Can my procedure be pain-free?

Yes.  We realize that many people suffer anxiety and heightened sensitivity to pain when visiting the dentist.  Dr. Learn employs many new technologies, such as sedation dentistry in order to calm your fears and assure you every comfort while improving your smile and overall dental health.  Visit our Sleep Dentistry page to learn more.

Do you handle emergencies?

Every day, at least one patient appointment is left open to handle emergencies.  We know you need to be seen when a dental emergency leaves you in pain or discomfort, so please don't hesitate to contact our Latrobe office if an emergency should arise.

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Please contact our office for the answers to any questions you may not see here, or to schedule your next appointment.

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