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WILL I HAVE PAIN DURING THE TREATMENT OR AFTER IT?

Tooth ache is the main reason for patients seeking treatment. Fortunately, modern anesthetics can make the procedure pain free in most cases. Seeking treatment early makes the procedure more comfortable, so don’t wait. When diagnosed early, treatment can be almost pain free. For the first few days after treatment, there may be some sensitivity to biting pressure and tender gums, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Sometimes over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications are recommended as prescribed by the doctor.

SHOULD I BE WORRY ABOUT MY BLEEDING GUMS?

Bleeding, red, or swollen gums are typically an early indication of gum disease. Other symptoms include bad breath or a metallic taste in the mouth, loose teeth, pockets between teeth, and tooth sensitivity. If caught in its early stages, gum disease can be reversed. However, if its left to progress, gum disease becomes a chronic infection that requires continual maintenance. Schedule an appointment with your dentist, if you notice any change in your soft-tissues (gums), so that your dentist can diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment.

WHY ARE X-RAYS REQUIRED FOR DENTAL TREATMENT, WILL IT HARM ME?

No. While x-rays will be necessary during your treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography such as Digital RVG (Radiovisiography). This uses radiation levels as low as 80-90 percent less than those of conventional dental X-ray film. We have latest state-of-the art equipment in our Radiology Lab to ensure this.

HOW I CAN MAKE MY SMILE LOOK BETTER?

If your teeth already look balanced and symmetrical, but are too yellow, brown, gray, or stained, then the best solution is teeth whitening. In two to four sittings teeth whitening can completely change your look. On the other hand, if your front teeth are a little too short, spaced unevenly, chipped, cracked, stained, filled with all kinds of fillings, or your teeth genetic make-up was just not as good as the rest of your genetic make-up, then using dental veneers /laminates (preceded by orthodontic treatment if required) will definitely give you the best end result. If there are just isolated problems, but the rest of your teeth look great, then direct resin composite can easily correct this. Sometimes, we will bleach all teeth, and then use dental veneers or composite resin to improve localized areas, and match the new, whiter shade.

HOW CAN I GET A SMILE MAKEOVER DONE AND MAKE SURE I WILL LIKE THE END RESULTS?

Our specialists have been enhancing and designing smiles for many years. We have found that when we give more control to our patients, we get better results. Initially, we use a series of before/after photos to narrow down the variables concerning an individuals case. We can do a cosmetic mock-up directly on your model teeth. You can see exactly how you will look with your new smile. It is here where we can make any needed changes, so that you are completely satisfied.

HOW CAN PREVENT TOOTH STAINING?

A variety of factors contribute to tooth discoloration, including excessive coffee and tea consumption, smoking, aging, heredity, and medications. Surface stains those caused by foods, beverages, and tobacco can typically be prevented with proper oral hygiene. Brush and floss after any stain-causing activity. If your teeth have yellow or orange tinges, our doctors can remove the stains with professional teeth whitening and brighten your smile up to 10 shades.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN METAL CROWN AND METAL FREE CROWNS?

The technologies are completely different. The method of their fabrication is also different. First of all, traditional metal or porcelain-metal caps or crowns have all-metal underside. The porcelain is placed over the metal to hide the dark metal. The metal free restorations are usually prepared as inlays and sometimes as crowns when needed. Inlays and onlays are much more conservative. Secondly, the metal-free components are made of all-ceramic, composite polymers, or fiber reinforced polymer. These are then fused, or bonded to the natural part of the teeth with resin cements that polymerize and seal the space between the restoration and the tooth. This seal is better than the seal between metal and teeth with traditional cements. The subsequent result is teeth that look like natural translucent teeth. Very much like your own.

WHAT IS DENTAL IMPLANT? AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implant serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. A dentist surgically places the implant made of pure and sterilized titanium into either the upper or lower jawbone. After a period of two to four months of healing, the implant integrates with the bone and becomes a secure anchor for a replacement tooth, a fixed bridge, a removable partial, or a complete denture. If you whats the difference between a regular Cap or Crown and Metal-Free Restorations? What is a Dental Implant? Am I a candidate for a Dental Implant? 8 are missing one or more teeth, then you are a candidate for a dental implant./ Dental implants will allow you to smile, speak, and eat with confidence and comfort.

WHAT ARE VENEERS?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color. Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape, and contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option.

I AM GETTING A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT DONE. DO I NEED A CROWN AFTER IT?

You may need to have a crown fitted over your tooth that has had root canal treatment. This is because after root canal therapy, the treated tooth becomes brittle and has increased chances of getting fractured. Hence, a crown or cap helps to strengthen and protect your tooth from further damage. Crowns caps are made out of a material like porcelain

WHAT IS ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT? WHY IS IT REQUIRED?

Orthodontic treatment is the correction of crooked teeth and jaws. It can be one of the best investments you make for your childs health. Crooked teeth and jaws can interfere with jaw function and speech, and lead to long-term dental problems such as tooth wear and gum damage. Orthodontic treatment fixes these problems, laying the foundation for your childs long-term dental health. An attractive smile will also boost self-confidence, helping your child to achieve his or her full potential. Even adults can undergo orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth alignment. Contrary to some peoples fears, your lifestyle is minimally affected during treatment. Most adults enjoy enormous support and encouragement from family and friends when they decide to have this treatment.

IF I REQUIRE FILLINGS, WHAT TYPE SHOULD I GET?

Where silver amalgam and gold were all that were used in the past for fillings in molars and premolars, dental health professionals frequently use tooth-colored porcelain or composite materials that are strong and extremely wear resistant. You can even give your teeth a face lift by removing your old metal fillings and 11 replacing them with tooth colored ones.

MY GUMS BLEED WHEN I BRUSH OR FLOSS. IS THIS NORMAL?

Healthy tissue doesn’t bleed. This is most likely a sign of early gingivitis. If you experience bleeding gums, see your dental health professional immediately to review proper brushing and flossing techniques. Schedule a soft tissue evaluation with your dentist that will include x-rays and oral prophylaxis cleaning. Gum bleeding must be taken seriously because if left untreated, it will lead to periodontal disease.

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT MY BAD BREATH AND BLEEDING GUMS?

Proper brushing and flossing normally reduces the bacteria that cause bad breath. The new addition to effective oral hygiene has been tongue cleaning. Since research shows that 85% of bad breath can be controlled by removing bacteria that colonizes on the back of the tongue, its a good idea to use a tongue cleaner at least once a day. Healthy tissue doesn’t bleed. This is most likely a sign of early gingivitis. If you experience bleeding gums, see your dental health professional immediately to review proper brushing and flossing techniques. Schedule a soft tissue evaluation with your dentist that will include x-rays and oral prophylaxis cleaning. Gum bleeding must be taken seriously because if left untreated, it will lead to periodontal disease.

WHAT TO SAY TO KIDS?

Read your child a book about going to the dentist

Be positive about going to the dentist!

Do not talk about being afraid of the dentist

Do not talk about pain

Answer your childs questions about going to the dentist

Establish a habit for your child of going to the dentist regularly

A first dental visit should be a positive experience for your child.

When should I take my child to the dentist?

It is recommended that children should go to the dentist with their parents as soon as possible. You should then take them regularly, as often as your dental team recommend. This will let them get used to the noises, smells and surroundings and prepare them for future visits. The earlier these visits start, the more relaxed the children will be.

When will my child's teeth appear?

First (or 'baby' or ‘milk') teeth usually start to appear when your child is around 6 months old. All 20 baby teeth should appear by the age of 2. For more information, see our leaflet ‘Tell me about Dental care for mother and baby'.

The first permanent 'adult' molars (back teeth) will appear at about 6 years, before the first baby teeth start to fall out at about 6 to 7. The permanent 'adult' teeth will then replace the 'baby' teeth. It is usually the lower front teeth that are lost first, followed by the upper front teeth shortly after. All permanent teeth should be in place by the age of 13, except the ‘wisdom' teeth. These may appear any time between 18 and 25 years of age.

All children are different and develop at different rates.

How should I clean my child's teeth?

Cleaning your child's teeth should be part of their daily hygiene routine.

  • You may find it easier to stand or sit behind your child, cradling their chin in your hand so you can reach their top and bottom teeth more easily.
  • When the first teeth start to appear, try using a toothbrush designed for children, with a small smear of fluoride toothpaste.
  • It is important to supervise your child's brushing until they are at least seven.
  • Once all the teeth have appeared, use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles in small, circular movements and try to concentrate on one section at a time.
  • Don't forget to brush gently behind the teeth and onto the gums.
  • If possible, make brushing a routine - just before your child goes to bed and at least one other time during the day.
  • Remember to encourage your child, as praise will often get results!

Should I use fluoride toothpaste?

Your teeth can get fluoride in a number of different ways, including from toothpaste, specific fluoride applications and perhaps the drinking water in your area. These can all help to prevent tooth decay. If you are unsure about how much fluoride you need in your toothpaste ask your dental team. You can check the level of fluoride on the packaging of the toothpaste. Children should be supervised when brushing up to the age of 7. You should make sure that they do not rinse but spit out the toothpaste, and that they don't swallow any if possible. This way the fluoride stays in the mouth for longer and will be more effective.

What sort of brush should children use?

There are many different types of children's toothbrushes, including brightly coloured brushes, some that change colour, some with favourite characters on the handle, and some with a timer. These all encourage children to brush their teeth. The most important thing is to use a small-headed toothbrush with soft, nylon bristles, suitable for the age of your child.

Using a power toothbrush can help to make brushing fun and make sure your child brushes for the correct amount of time.

What could cause my child to have toothache?

Toothache is painful and upsetting, especially in children, and the main cause is tooth decay. This is due to too much sugar, too often, in the diet.

Teething is another problem. It starts at around 6 months, and it can continue when the adult teeth start to appear. If your child needs pain relief, make sure you choose a sugar-free medicine. If the pain continues then contact your dental team for an appointment. Remember to check with your doctor or pharmacist that you are being prescribed sugar-free medicines at all times.

How can I prevent tooth decay in my child?

The main cause of tooth decay is not the amount of sugar or acid in the diet, but how often it is eaten or drunk. The more often your child has sugary or acidic foods or drinks, the more likely they are to have decay. So it is important to have sugary and acidic foods just at mealtimes. If you want to give your child a snack, try to stick to cheese, vegetables and fruit. Try to limit how much dried fruit you give as it is high in sugar and can stick to the teeth.

Don't give them drinks containing sugars, including fruit juices, between meals. Give them water or milk instead. For babies, don't add sugar to their drinks, or to foods when you introduce them to solids.

It is also worth remembering that some processed baby foods contain quite a lot of sugar. Try checking the list of ingredients: the higher up the list sugar is, the more there is in the product. Generally anything ending in ‘ose' is a sugar, for example: fructose, glucose, lactose or sucrose. Thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste last thing at night, and at least one other time during the day, will help to prevent tooth decay.

What if my child is very nervous about going to the dentist?

Children can sense fear in their parents, so it is important not to let your child feel that a visit to the dental team is something to be worried about. Try to be supportive if your child needs to have any dental treatment. If you have any fears of your own about going to the dentist, don't let your child hear you talk about them.

Regular visits to the dental team are essential in helping your child get used to the surroundings and what happens there. A child can be much more anxious if it is their first visit to a dental practice. Pain and distress can happen at any time and it is important to prepare your child with regular visits.