Common Questions

How often should I get dental checkups?

For the majority of individuals, cleaning and an examination every 6 months is a regular habit. But, having dental cleaning every 3 to 4 month might be advisable. This is determined by the dental well-being of an individual.

What causes tooth decay?

Acids lead to tooth decay. These acids are products of germs where sugar is present. To avoid decay, these germs, acids and sugar should at times be removed by flossing and brushing.

Which type of toothbrush should I use?

The toothbrush’s type is not as important as the type of bristle and head size. A gentle toothbrush whose head is tiny is recommended as a medium; tough brushes are prone to triggering pain and lead to gums disintegration.

A tiny head enables you to move near every tooth more effectively and chances of it hurting your gums are lower. ‘Scrubbing’ teeth is essential so long as you brush a minimum of two times each day and see your dentist each year at least twice for cleanings.

Is one toothpaste better than others?

The overall answer is no. But, it is recommended that toothpaste consisting of fluoride needs to be utilized as it lowers the incidence of dental decay. We advise our patient to utilize what they find tasteful, so long as it has fluoride.

 

How often should I floss?

When teeth are flossed once each day, this assists to counter cavities from accumulating between the teeth in areas that are inaccessible to your toothbrush. In addition, your gums are assisted by flossing to maintain health.

 

What’s the difference between a “crown” and a “cap”?

These entail repairs to mend a tooth that is seriously broken, by covering most or all of the tooth following removal of fillings, broken tooth formation and all decay.

The repair material is created from porcelain, gold, composites or stainless steel. According to dentists, each of these repairs is called ‘crowns.’ But, patients normally call the ones that are tooth-colored ‘caps, and the stainless steel or gold ones ‘crowns.’

 

What’s the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”?

Partial dentures and bridges both substitute lost teeth. A bridge is fixed permanently to abutment teeth or implants, in some instances. A partial denture is connected to the teeth by clasps and the patient removes it effortlessly. Normally, patients are more content with bridges compared to partial dentures.


What about “silver” fillings versus “white” fillings?

Even though in 1993 a report was provided by the U.S. Public Health Service indicating there is no health cause to avoid using amalgam or silver fillings, nowadays more patients are asking for ‘white’ or composite fillings that are tooth-colored.

Also, we like tooth-colored fillings as they ‘connect’ to the formation of the tooth and so assist to make a tooth that has been rendered weak by decay stronger.

Normally, white fillings are also less vulnerable to heat and they have a more attractive look. But, it is not possible to utilize ‘white’ fillings in each circumstance. If the state of a tooth is serious, a crown shall normally be essential and make the patient more content, generally.

Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?

Many teeth that have not undergone treatments require crowns to make the teeth strong and revert the teeth to regular form and operation; but, not each tooth that requires a crown also needs to go through a root canal.

 

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes. Actually, it is especially crucial for patients going through orthodontic treatment to see their dentist often. Braces can hinder your toothbrush from accessing the food trapped in some areas.

This makes the germs to accumulate, causing gum illness, cavities and gingivitis. Your dentist shall work in close collaboration with your orthodontist to ensure that you maintain cleanliness and health, if you wear braces.