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Dr. Selim C. Alptekin, D.M.D.

Dentist

Dr. Selim Alptekin is a Dentist practicing in Ashland, Ma. Dr. Alptekin specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
20 years Experience
Dr. Selim C. Alptekin, D.M.D.
  • Ashland, Ma
  • Boston university School if Dental Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

I don't understand how I got Periodontal disease

You dont have to feel guilty and so bad. You r not alone by no means. Factors leading to periodontal disease to name a few are plaque and calculus build up, dental work that s READ MORE
You dont have to feel guilty and so bad. You r not alone by no means. Factors leading to periodontal disease to name a few are plaque and calculus build up, dental work that s not optimal, teeth grinding and clenching or heavy biting and yes genetics. In my opinion and experience though if the other factors are not there genetics alone is less likely to cause trouble.
Thankfully there is advances in the field and there s help to improve.
Hope this helps

How to get rid of mouth ulcers

Lasers can take the pain away instantly. They ll also heal quicker after laser treatment.

Food getting stuck behind wisdom teeth

If they r in your mouth( erupted) gums can be trimmed with lasers very quickly and painlessly.

Is reflux giving me bad breath?

Acid reflux is often caused by sleep related problems(sleep apnea)You may want to have that checked.

Did my dental x-rays harm my baby? (first trimester)

Dont worry. Your baby will be fine and beautiful. Dental xrays are no where near where ur baby develops.congratulations!

I wear my retainer, so why are my teeth still shifting?

It s probably time for new retainers. Plastic retainers do deform after a while. I d have them make multiples while they r doing it. You ll need tgem and itcan save $ too.

What is a dry socket?

It s a delay in healing of the bone hole left behind after the tooth has been removed. It s typically caused by loss of the blood clot or food collecting in there. Go back to the READ MORE
It s a delay in healing of the bone hole left behind after the tooth has been removed. It s typically caused by loss of the blood clot or food collecting in there. Go back to the Dr that removed the tooth and ask for help.

What if only one tooth is crooked?

It would be really helpful to see your situation. There s short term braces available. It may be a nice quick option like 4-5 months.
Hope this helps

Is water-flossing as effective as regular flossing?

Both has benefits and disadvantages. I would let him pick the one he likes better and stick with it. This is a continuous effort. He ll stick with the way he likes better.

Adult tooth is loose. What should I do?

Your best interest is to be seen sooner than later. Adult teeth are the last set of choppers we get. Beyond that is replacements. Hope your tooth is salvagable. A lot of the time READ MORE
Your best interest is to be seen sooner than later. Adult teeth are the last set of choppers we get. Beyond that is replacements. Hope your tooth is salvagable. A lot of the time it is. Wearing a sports mouth guard saves from a lot of trouble.

I can't fix my teeth sensitivity. What do I do?

Thanks for your question. Reasons for teeth sensitivity can be various. Couple of questions I'd ask you is if ALL your teeth feel sensitive or only certain teeth. Possible reasons READ MORE
Thanks for your question. Reasons for teeth sensitivity can be various. Couple of questions I'd ask you is if ALL your teeth feel sensitive or only certain teeth.

Possible reasons may be gum receding or teeth grinding or clenching. There certainly are others but we d start with these.