Frequently Asked Questions
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Large amounts of toothpaste are unnecessary. You only need to use a pea-sized amount in order to have an effective clean.
Not necessarily. Though oral health can be a good indicator of your overall health, it is not always a sure-fire sign that you need to make an appointment with your family doctor. Simply make an appointment with your dentist and allow him/her to assess the situation first.
There are many reasons for mouth ulcers. One of the common causes is excessive stress. Your dentist will help you to determine the cause behind you if this is a chronic issue you are experiencing.
It is recommended that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be when the first tooth erupts in the mouth but, no later than age two.
Children should visit the dentist fairly regularly. Once every six months is recommended.
Many people underestimate the importance of baby teeth. Here’s why it is important that your child takes care of theirs:
- They act as a space holder for adult teeth
- They guide adult teeth into place
- They help kids chew & break down solid food
- They contribute to speech development & annunciation of words
It is important to attend dental check-ups on a regular basis to help detect and resolve problems related to the wellbeing of your dental health keeping your teeth, mouth and gums healthy.
Although in some cases patients may need a scale, clean and polish on a monthly basis, generally it is recommended that a dental clean should be done every six months.
The following options are available in our range of restorative dental treatments:
- Dental Restorations
- Crown and Bridge Work
- Implant Supported Dentures
- Root Canal Treatment
The root canal procedure takes place over two to three visits. A slight tenderness can be experienced after the first visit; however, this will subside. Thereafter, no discomfort or pain can be felt, as the tooth will be anaesthetised for treatment to take place.
Primary teeth are the first set of teeth that develop in the mouth when you are a child. It is also known as ‘milk teeth’. You may develop primary teeth before your permanent teeth form when you are much older.
It is important to care for your primary teeth from the moment they start developing. This is to prevent them from decaying and to prevent you from having crooked, permanent teeth or gum disease later in life.
A child’s first visit to the dentist should be when the child’s first tooth arrives, which could be between the ages of 4 months to 12 months but no later than the age of one or two.
Once the first dental check-up and clean is done, it is very important for children to attend regular dental check-ups at least every three to six months to identify any problems associated with the child’s oral health and treat it quickly. Dentists will also be able to train children to follow a good cleaning routine to improve and maintain their oral health from a young age.
- Snoring and headaches
- Choking and sweating while you asleep
- Poor memory
- High blood pressure and weight gain
- Clenching/grinding of the teeth
Yes. Depending on the size of the chip, various methods may be used to fix it. Small chips may only require some filing whereas larger chips may require dental crowns. The aim of fixing a chip is to restore your tooth to its natural appearance.
Yes. Even a seemingly small break can stress the tooth making it difficult to eat or speak. Breaks also allow an opening for food and bacteria to get stuck, resulting in an infection. Without treatment, a broken tooth could get crushed and become unable to be saved.
Contact an emergency dentist in your area immediately and begin to apply the first-aid techniques listed below:
- Rinse out your mouth using lukewarm water.
- Save any broken pieces of tooth. They’ll need to stay moist so you can either pocket them between your gums and cheek or put them in a small container then cover with milk.
- In the event that it’ll be a while until you see the dentist, you can cover the tooth using over-the-counter dental cement. This is found in most pharmacies.
Brushing your teeth immediately after a bout of nausea may cause damage to your teeth. Instead, rinse your mouth with water and swish with some mouthwash containing fluoride. Wait a while and then brush your teeth.
Yes. If you notify your dentist once you are pregnant, your dentist may be able to adjust certain treatments to suit your current state. Your dentist will also be aware of the risk of morning sickness and thus be able to give you sound advice on taking care of your oral health during this time.
First things first: you will need to be able to determine the cause of your nausea in order to treat it. Visit your doctor if you are experiencing frequent bouts of nausea. Once you have determined the reason and found a suitable treatment for your nausea, make an appointment to visit your dentist to treat any erosion or decay that might have occurred as a result.
Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue. It causes weakening and destruction of these tissues which protect and support the teeth and hold them in place.
Yes. With proper oral hygiene and taking the advice of your dentist, you will be able to control gum disease. Regular visits to the oral hygienist may even reverse it!
No. Gum disease occurs due to tartar build-up in the mouth. Preventing gum disease is simply a matter of maintaining good oral hygiene.
Not necessarily. If your wisdom teeth have grown in a normal position and is not giving you any dental problems or pain, then you won’t have to remove it. Only wisdom teeth that are problematic are extracted as this is usually the only way to alleviate the pain and problems.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a number of dental problems and often requires prompt removal, however there are some patients who go their entire lives without ever experiencing any issues with their impacted teeth. If your impacted wisdom teeth are not causing pain or affecting the growth and stability of the other teeth, then chances are you won’t need to have it extracted.
If the tooth is healthy, is in its correct position, and isn’t causing harm to the surrounding teeth, your general dentist can simply loosen it and then pull it out. If the tooth is impacted, you will need to undergo a surgery in which the gums are slit open so that the surgeon has access to the jaw and the tooth can be carefully and effectively pulled out. The tooth can also be removed in sections to avoid affecting the surrounding areas and teeth.
Most wisdom tooth extractions are straightforward and won’t necessarily cause harm to the patient. In some very rare cases, the extraction process can take its toll (even on adult patients) and some complications (with anaesthesia, etc.) can arise but overall the risks are at a minimum.
Thanks to their durable composition, porcelain veneers generally last between 7-15 years. However is depends on how well you take care of them as poor care can lead to damage which will require replacement or fixing.
Veneers are not affected by traditional tooth whitening treatments since they are artificial and have no pores to absorb the bleaching agent to combat stains. In most cases, the veneers will need to be removed before whitening can take place and will be replaced, either by the same ones or newer veneers which will be made to match the colour of your freshly whitened teeth.
Getting veneers requires preparing your natural teeth by removing some of the enamel which can cause some mild discomfort. This can also leave your teeth feeling more sensitive and in many cases, anaesthesia is administered during the process, so you don’t feel any pain at all. Getting porcelain veneers is not a painful process however there are some cases where the veneers might cause problems so you should speak to your dentist about it before committing to getting veneers.