Dr. Justin Warren Ruffner D.D.S., Dentist

Dr. Justin Warren Ruffner D.D.S.

Dentist | General Practice

10 Cannon Hill Rd South Wellfleet MA, 02663

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Dr. Justin Ruffner is a Dentist practicing in South Wellfleet, MA. Dr. Ruffner 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.

Education and Training

University of Maryland DDS 2004

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Dr. Justin Warren Ruffner D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
  • Is a dry socket an infection?

    Dry socket, by definition is not an infection. It is premature loss of the blood clot that forms in the extraction socket. In some cases it is prudent to cover the patient with an antibiotic not to treat, but to prevent an infection. Hope this is helpful. Justin W. Ruffner, DDS READ MORE

  • Is it okay to swallow the gel applied for a mouth ulcer?

    Swallowing an OTC gel for aphthous ulcers will not be harmful. Justin W. Ruffner, DDS READ MORE

  • Is oil pulling ever recommended by dentists?

    I am unaware of any studies to substantiate the effectiveness of swishing with oil. That said, many popular OTC mouthwashes contain essential oils which have been proven to be effective at reducing the numbers of oral bacteria. As far as detoxifying the body, in a healthy adult, the liver and kidneys do that for us. READ MORE

  • Will frequent teeth cleanings remove spots from my teeth?

    It depends. Some brown spots could be tartar or stain and certainly could be removed with a normal cleaning. Other brown spots are from an enamel defect during the formation of the tooth. If this is the case, no cleaning or whitening will remove it. There are ways to remove the stain, but a cleaning will not do it. READ MORE

  • What is the right age for kids to brush their teeth on their own?

    Every child is different, however, 3 seems a little young to fly solo. The time you put in now to ensure she gets her teeth clean daily is going to save you thousands in dental bills down the road. Let her brush and you go in after and make sure she did a great job. I do it with my own kids, it takes 30 seconds to check them. READ MORE

  • Can a gum infection pass to other parts of the body?

    A chronic gum infection does not directly pass to the throat, lungs, etc. What can happen is that your immune system gets so distracted trying to fight the gum infection that it makes a person more susceptible to other infections. Also it has been shown that the chronic inflammatory mediators are found in other parts of the body and COULD contribute to heart disease. It is important to have good gingival health so your immune system can remain strong and fight off all other opportunistic infections. Justin W. Ruffner, DDS READ MORE

  • Do root canals happen more often as you age?

    No the risk of needing a root canal does not increase with age. A person could need a root canal for a variety of reasons, including a deep cavity that affects the nerve of the tooth. Sometimes trauma to the face or mouth causes nerve damage in one or more teeth. Simply put, just getting older doesn’t cause a need for root canal therapy. READ MORE

  • Can novocaine be used during cleanings?

    Yes. Many patients request local anesthesia particularly for deep cleanings when accumulations have occurred under the gums. Just as an aside, Novocaine hasn’t been used for many years. Today’s local anesthetics of choice are lidocaine or articaine. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth abscess be seen on an X-ray?

    Infections cause bone loss around the root of a tooth. A certain percentage of he bone needs to be missing before it can be seen on a dental radiograph. Typically it is a combination of the clinical exam, getting an oral history of the symptoms and a radiograph that allows us to arrive at a conclusion that there is infection. READ MORE

  • Do I have to be numb?

    I tried it once when I had a small cavity filled. I won’t try it again. People do it all the time but it’s not for me. READ MORE

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

    The short answer is no. The baby will not be harmed by your dental radiographs. The beam of radiation is aimed at your head. There is the potential for a minimal amount of scatter, however the lead vest generally is sufficient to block that. It is not enough to cause an any negative effects on the baby. There is nothing you need to do going forward, other than continue to take care of yourself. Best wishes! Justin W. Ruffner, DDS Outer Cape Dental Group Office (508)349-6300 Cell (508)742-8659 READ MORE

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

    Go back to the orthodontist who did the treatment. Contrary to popular belief, retainers don't last forever. They need to be replaced every couple years. Maybe ask about other types of retainers, the same retainer isn't right for every person. Justin W. Ruffner, DDS Outer Cape Dental Group Office (508)349-6300 Cell (508)742-8659 READ MORE

  • Very swollen and red gums after routine dental cleaning

    There are many reasons why this can happen. One is if it has been a long time in between your normal cleanings. Tartar could have accumulated in the extended time. Another reason can be if you were at a new office and the old office wasnt actually going below the gum line to get the tartar. Another possible reason can be hormones. Women tend to bleed and have more inflammation if their teeth are cleaned during their menstrual cycle or when they are pregnant. Could also be an allergic reaction to the prophy paste or floss that was used. Lastly, the hygienist might have just been a little rough with you. It's really hard to tell without looking, but these are some of the possibilities. Hope this helps. Justin W. Ruffner, DDS Outer Cape Dental Group Office (508)349-6300 Cell (508)742-8659 READ MORE

  • Bloody painful gums, what should I do?

    You need to go to a dentist. Sounds like the start of gum disease. Justin W. Ruffner, DDS Outer Cape Dental Group Office (508)349-6300 Cell (508)742-8659 READ MORE

Awards

  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon 2004 University of Maryland 

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association  
  • Massachusetts Dental Society  
  • Cape Cod District Dental Society  

Dr. Justin Warren Ruffner D.D.S.'s Practice location

Outer Cape Dental Group

10 Cannon Hill Rd -
South Wellfleet, MA 02663
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Practice At 516 Hawthorn St

516 Hawthorn St -
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
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