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Dr. Richard Leaderman

Periodontics
West Springfield, MA
50 years experience male

Locations

Office

West Springfield, MA

Address

1284 Elm St # 2, West Springfield, MA
Directions

Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

Delta Dental

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts

Office

West Springfield, MA

About

Bio

Practice is limited to Periodontics, Oral Diagnosis, Dental Implants, TMJ and Sleep Apnea

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Periodontics

Dentistry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

71 Answers
131 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes: Your pain could be from an ear infection or from the temporomandibular joint(tmj). If the pain is just in the ear please see an ENT doctor. If the pa... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Periodontal disease: Doxycycline is a good broad spectrum antibiotic. Periodontal disease is cause by a gram negative bacteria. Penicillin type of antibiotics only treat... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Tooth grinding: If you could point to a tooth that hurts it is the problem. However, if the pain causes all of the teeth to hurt then you are most likely bruxing or c... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes: Tmj will cause popping sounds and a deviation of the jaw upon opening and closing. Check with your dentist you will most likely need a bite guard. No... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Bruxism: It's very common to clench and grind your teeth at night. This could cause head aches. You should see your dentist and have a bite guard made.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Exercise: Join your local gym and use a trainer will help you get fit, you can also use programs at home such as p90x. Understanding you diet will also help. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Use Canker Cover: Painful mouth sores are usually canker sores (aphthous ulcer) which are found on the inside of your cheek, under your tongue, the tip of your tongue, ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
No: Usually, the initial symptom is foot drop early in the course of the disease. This can also cause claw toe, where the toes are always curled. Weaknes... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Tooth decay: Teeth could turn gray only after the nerve dies. After endodontic treatment the tooth could be bleached white.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes: Depending on how severe the surgery is, or how large your tonsils are will determine how long it will take to heal. It should fill like a bad sore th... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Mainly in children: In children, the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils and adenoids in the upper airway. Infections may cause these glands ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes root caries.: In children and young adults cavities go through the enamel and into the dentin. As adults the roots can become exposed and when decay occurs it can d... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
No: Tea will yellow your teeth faster, but both stains will polish off when you have a dental cleaning.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Stress: Oral ulcers can occur when your system is under stress. Since you have diarrhea your digestive system is involved and could cause you to be run down. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Not a surgeon: I do not know any dental surgeon who would do this type of surgery. A person who does body percing may be willing to do it.
A 78-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes it could be: Your next step would be to undergo a sleep study. This will determine if it is sleep apnea.
A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Sleep Apnea: If you are having problem during sleep you may need to be checked for sleep apnea. It could also be your blood pressure medication. Go for an examina... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
No: But, if you are worried about your sperm count consult with a urologists. However, if you are worried about sperm survival then there have been many ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Any black or green. : Both black and green tea have antioxidants. Five cups per day will give you enought and will lower your blood pressure.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
No: Medicine will not make your gums swell. However, if you are rundown due to your illness and you have gum disease then the infection around you gums c... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes: A missing front tooth should not make a difference. See an orthodontist to get an evaluation. He/she will be able to tell you what your options are.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Up to 6 months: A true gingivectomy results in a large area that can take as much as 6 months to regenerate. A flap procedure will take much less time to heal.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes!: I always recommend jobs in the dental field. The salary is usually good and most offices offer health insurance.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Lack of function-72h: The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucina... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Advil or Aleve (naproxen): Advil or Aleve (naproxen) are effective in reducing the pain, tenderness, and swelling experienced by people with tooth aches. Please see your dentis... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
No: Whitening strips should not damage your enamel when used as prescribed.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
No!: These are three type of sores that cause confussion, 1: canker sores, which are in the mouth 2: cold sores caused by oral herpes usually on the or a... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Eat Yogurt: Herpes simplex virus is when you get little cold sores on the outside of your mouth or the tip of your nose. Try not to touch the cold sore, you coul... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
No.: Fluoride is found naturally in many areas areas of the U.S. It was found that in these areas the children did not have dental decay. It is only adde... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Don't want chancres!: These are three type of sores that cause confussion, 1: canker sores, which are in the mouth 2: cold sores caused by oral herpes usually on the or a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes & No: If the tooth is infected there is an abscess at the end of the root. The abscess is in a sac and does not enter into the bone. But, the abscess cause... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes: Your gums will bleed after flossing for two reasons; 1, your flossing to hard and cutting your gum tissue or 2, your gums are inflamed and need to be ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Surgery last resort: No medication that i know of. You should consult with you dentist, an oral sleep appliance may help. Surgery to stop snoring is very painful and only... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Sinus infecton: There are many reasons that could have caused a change. He should see a doctor/dentist who understands snoring. But some possibilities are; a cold wi... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
What makes sense!: When you consult with a doctor, if his/her opinion does not make sense you should seek out a second opinion. I am not sure what you are saying by th... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Tooth Decay: If the tooth has an abscess then you could get pain towards the cheek. You will need an x-ray to determine what is wrong. See your dentist for an exa... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Bad Vibrations: Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures usually the uvula and soft palate. The resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breat... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
None: Oral cancer is not caused from oral sex. Using tobacco is the number 1 cause.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes: It's important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before you go to bed. Some people like to brush after each meal but it wo... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes: The size of your mouth does not make a difference in orthodontics.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Yes & No: Toradol is used for moderate to severe pain. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and could cause bleeding at the surgical site. If it is on... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Can't see them!: Teeth are considered impacted if they are not erupted into the oral cavity. They can be in bone or just under the gingival tissue. The picture is a b... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Eat Yogurt: Herpes simplex virus is when you get little cold sores on the outside of your mouth or the tip of your nose. Try not to touch the cold sore, you coul... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
No: Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Narcolepsy is a chronic disord... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Red bleeding gums: Periodontal disease is usually painless. When it hurts or starts to bleed then it needs to be treated or it may be too late and you may lose your teet... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
98.6 degrees : The normal body temperature has long been thought to be 98.6 degrees fahrenheit, but there are several factors that affect body temperature. Normal bo... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Eat Yogurt: Herpes simplex virus is when you get little cold sores on the outside of your mouth or the tip of your nose. Try not to touch the cold sore, you coul... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
5 - 10 grams: The lethal dose for a 154 lb human is estimated at 5–10 g. I don't think you could eat enought toothpaste to kill yourself.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Inflamed Gums : You should see you dentist. You most likely have periodontal disease. It's important to have it checked out. There could be other problems that you a... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
No: Pregnancy is the fertilization and development of one or more offspring, known as an embryo or fetus, in a woman's uterus. The sperm must get to the ... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Graduated 1971MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Detroit School of Dentistry
Graduated 1972MD

Affiliations

Harvard Dental School
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