Implants FAQSWhat Dental Implants Can Do?
Replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth. Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture. Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Advantages of dental implants over dentures or a bridge?
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth. Esthetic: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone. They prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
Tooth-saving: Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Confidence: Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about displaced dentures and messy denture adhesives.
Reliable: The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Dental Implants are indicated as a treatment option for:
Replacing several teeth: if you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
Replacing all of your teeth: if you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.
Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
What can I expect after treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care regular dental visits.
Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care . In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply ! After treatment, periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Braces FAQSWhat is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
What are braces?
• Braces are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth.
• Braces (bands, brackets and wires) are usually made of stainless steel although clear brackets are available, usually at extra cost.
• Fitting the braces usually involves two visits. Braces remain on the teeth for the entire duration of treatment.
• Patients then attend approximately every 4-8 weeks for adjustments, wire changes, etc. Rubber bands and headgear
• During treatment, patients may need to wear such items as rubber bands and/or headgear with their braces. These items provide important extra forces for the correction of the bite.
• A more attractive smile
• Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years
• Better function of the teeth
• Possible increase in self-confidence
• Increased ability to clean the teeth
• Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
• Better long term health of teeth and gums
• Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
• Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
• Aid in optimizing other dental treatment
How long ?
Orthodontic treatment usually takes 18-24 months. Some cases may be finished earlier and others may longer to complete. The total treatment time depends on the severity of the original malocclusion, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient retention.
Cosmetic dentistry FAQSLaminated Veneers
A Laminated veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth so to improve its cosmetic appearance. A Laminated veneer can be an ideal way to make a cosmetic change for tooth. Compared to dental bonding, Laminated veneers usually look more lifelike and they have the added benefit of resisting staining well. As a disadvantage, porcelain veneers are typically fairly expensive and if used in the wrong application can be prone to breaking. Unlike dental bonding, if a Laminated veneer has broken typically the whole veneer must be replaced. It usually cannot be patched or repaired. If you've ever wondered why so many individuals have such perfect smiles, you might be surprised to find out how many of them have had cosmetic dental work done. One way that we can make your smile more attractive is to place porcelain veneers or jacket crowns. Laminated veneers are translucent, thin laminates made to improve the esthetics (shape, spacing, color) of natural teeth, to correct crowding, or to replace composite bonding. If you already have crowns on your front teeth, replacement with all porcelain jacket crowns may give you a more natural, attractive appearance. Or think about cosmetic repositioning as an alternative to orthodontics with the placement of Laminated veneers. If you already have crowns on your front teeth, replacement with all porcelain jacket crowns may give you a more natural, attractive appearance. Or think about cosmetic repositioning as an alternative to orthodontics with the placement of laminated veneers.
Laminated veneers and crowns are extremely lifelike and hold their brilliance, unlike bonding which often appears bulky or fake. Although porcelain is an extremely translucent material, it is also very strong. Porcelain veneers and crowns are permanent restorations, and they can be expected to last for many years. Also, there are no food restrictions - once they are cemented you can eat normally (apples, corn on the cob, etc.) porcelain simply covers the imperfections in your own smile! Porcelain jacket crowns and laminate veneers both require two office visits. At the first appointment we remove any old bonding and prepare the teeth. We also take impressions and choose the shade and shape of the porcelain. When you leave the office, temporary bonding is used to cover the prepared teeth. Approximately one week later, the porcelain veneers or crowns are permanently cemented at the second appointment
Root canal treatment FAQSWhy does the pulp need to be removed?
When nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause: Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head Bone loss around the tip of the root Drainage problems extending outward from the root. A hole can occur through the side of the tooth with drainage into the gums or through the cheek with drainage into the skin.
What damages a tooth's nerve and pulp in the first place? Nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed and infected due to deep decay,repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings, a crack or chip inthe tooth, or trauma to the face.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, signs to look for include:
• Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
• Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
• Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
• Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
• A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
What happens during the procedure?
A root canal requires one or more dentist surgery visits and can be performed by a dentist or endodontic. An endodontic is a dentist who specializes in the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the human dental pulp or the nerve of the tooth. The choice of which type of dentist to use depends to some degree on the difficulty of the root canal procedure needed in your particular tooth and the general dentist's comfort level in working on your tooth. Your dentist will discuss who might be best suited to perform the work in your particular case. The first step in the procedure is to take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there are any signs of infection in a surrounding bone. Your dentist or endodontic twill then use local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth. Anesthesia may not be necessary, since the nerve is dead, but most dentists still anesthetize the area to make the patient more relaxed and at ease.
Oral surgeries FAQSOral surgery, is it painful?
It does not have to be. Modern local anesthetic and sedation techniques enable all operations to be carried out inside the mouth without the patient suffering
Can I have the surgery on the day of my visit?
The doctor has to make an initial examination to be able to check the location of your wisdom teeth and discuss any allergies. If they are near the dental nerve, a scan will have to be performed prior to the surgery.
I'm very nervous, can I have it done under sedation in the operating theatre?
We normally recommend performing the extractions under local anesthetic because it is an unnecessary risk to have a general anesthetic or sedation. For patients who are very nervous, minors or those who have very complicated teeth, the doctor will assess the case.
Must all wisdom teeth be extracted?
No. Their extraction is recommended when there is a problem such as tooth decay ,infection of the surrounding gum, etc., when they are disturbing the neighboring pieces and finally if they prevent the movement of the other teeth
Childern dentistry FAQSWhen should I schedule first visit for my child?
We recommend a first checkup by 12 months.
A simple guide for when to schedule the first visit:
No longer than 6 months after tooth is erupted at least By 12 months old as soon as possible if you have any queries There is a significant value for early well baby dental checkups. In particular, checkups for very young children address many concerns including teaching adults how to care for their child’s teeth and gums, how to help their children learn to care for themselves, answering parents questions and concerns, and planning for future dental health.
How will the routine checkups help my child?
Education & prevention are the cornerstones of our concern for the dental health of children. In addition to teaching parents and guardians about dental care of their child, checkups are an appropriate time to comfortably and easily evaluate:
• how many teach are present
• habit evaluation
• are all teeth present
• home care / prevention
• loose teeth if any
• fluoride use
• braces/ bite evaluation
• review diet
• cavity check
• address adult’s concerns
• check health of gums
• teach adults how to care for child's teeth
When to start cleaning and brushing your Child’s teeth?
Cleaning of teeth with a wet cloth should be started as soon as the teeth erupt into the mouth, making sure at all times that he does not go to bed with anything stuck to the teeth. At about age 2, most of your child’s teeth will be in.
Now you can start brushing them with a baby brush and water alone add a small drop of fluoride toothpaste only when you have taught to spit and not to ingest the tooth paste.
As your child gets older let him use his own toothbrush, try brushing their teeth first and then letting them finish but you put the toothpaste on the toothbrush use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and supervise his brushing techniques.
How should I clean my child’s teeth?
It is often difficult initially to brush your child’s teeth.
They can really put up a struggle, screaming, kicking, crying, running away, not opening their mouths-every kid is different.
Healthy teeth and gums are so important to start out life with.
Crown and Bridge FAQSA crown is a restoration that covers, or "caps", a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Prosthetic crowns are made of metal, porcelain fused to metal substrates, or new all-white restorative materials. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won't solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn't get worse. Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn't enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, cover badly shaped or discolored teeth or protect a root-canal filled tooth with compromised strength.
How is a crown placed?
The tooth is numbed and prepared for the crown by removing any decay or weakened areas. The remaining tooth structure is then reshaped to meet proper crown preparation design. If necessary, a restorative material, usually a composite resin, is added to the remaining tooth structure to ensure that the prosthetic crown will have a good foundation. This procedure is called a "build-up." After the tooth is prepared, an impression of teeth and gums is made and sent to the lab for the crown fabrication. On the next visit, the dentist cements the permanent crown onto the tooth. During the second appointment, the new crown is placed on the tooth. Adjustments may be required to exact the perfect fit, so that the crown will feel comfortable in the mouth and will conform to the bite. When the crown fits seamlessly and contacts the neighboring teeth correctly, the crown is cemented on the tooth
Will it look natural?
Yes. The dentist's main goal is to create crowns that look like natural teeth. That is why dentists take an impression. To achieve a certain look, a number of factors are considered, such as the color, bite, shape, and length of you natural teeth. Any one of these factors alone can affect your appearance. If you have a certain cosmetic look in mind for your crown, discuss it with your dentist at your initial visit. When the procedure is complete, your teeth will not only be stronger, but they may be more attractive.
A bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more natural missing teeth, thereby "bridging" the space between two teeth. Bridges are cemented into place on the "abutment" teeth--the surrounding teeth on either side of the space or span. Unlike removable partial dentures ,bridges cannot be taken out of the mouth by the patient
Who should get a bridge?
A person with missing teeth and committed to maintaining good oral hygiene practices, is a good candidate for a bridge. A bridge is the most natural choice to fill the space in the mouth left by missing teeth. If left unfilled, this space can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position and can cause teeth and gums to become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease that can cause further tooth loss. Bridges not only correct an altered bite , improve the chewing ability and speech, but they also safeguard the appearance by preventing the collapse of facial features that can cause premature wrinkles and age lines.