Chief Dental Officer at Western Dental

Dr. John Luther leads our dental policy, clinical quality, practice standards, and best practices programs. 

Prior to joining Western Dental, Dr. Luther served as the Chief Dental Officer & Senior Vice President-Dental Management for DentaQuest, the third-largest oral health enterprise in the country, and served as Chief Dental Officer for UnitedHealthCare Dental 

“On the Road with Dr. Luther”

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Do you have a question about dental health or teeth in general? In this section, we’ve provided a forum for you to ask Dr. Luther anything teeth-related. Simply enter your question here.

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Gabrielle J. from Los Angeles, CA asks…

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a clear, thin protective coating that can reduce and prevent cavities when applied to your teeth.

Dr. Luther

Josh H. from Phoenix, AZ asks…

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is common but fairly preventable. The cause is usually poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis can lead to tooth and bone loss, and it's a risk factor for heart and lung diseases.

Symptoms include swollen, red, and tender gums. Treatment includes professionally cleaning the pockets around teeth to prevent damage to surrounding bone. Advanced cases may require surgery.

Dr. Luther

Denise from El Cerrito, CA asks…

Is it normal to get braces without pulling painful wisdom teeth?

Extraction of wisdom teeth before starting braces is not always necessary, unless they are crowding the rest of your teeth and impeding proper alignment. Your orthodontist can determine if you can start orthodontic treatment without having them pulled. However, if your wisdom teeth are decayed, painful or you are unable to keep them clean, a consultation with your dentist is advisable first.

Dr. Luther