FAQs

Are Electric Toothbrushes Better Than Manual Brushes?

We believe that electric toothbrushes are very effective when used correctly especially for people that suffer from poor dexterity.

In addition to electric toothbrushes, interproximal brushes are essential for cleaning between teeth, in the areas that are missed by your manual or electric toothbrush.

Should I Have Tooth Whitening Before or After My Crown, Bridge of Implant?

If you are considering tooth whitening, you should discuss this with us before we proceed with any major dental work. We suggest that whitening is carried out first, so the artificial tooth or teeth can be matched to the shade your teeth will be after your whitening procedure.

Will whitening harm my teeth and gums?

No, teeth whitening has been around for many years now and the research carried out has proven that it is safe for your teeth and gums as long as the procedure is carried out as directed.

 

What is Root Canal Treatment?

When the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it becomes infected. If left untreated, the pulp will die and become necrotic, forming an abscess that can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth root.

Root canal treatment is the removal of the diseased pulp tissue, which will enable the body’s defence system to repair the damage caused by the infection.

Why do I need x-rays?

Various forms of x-rays enable us to obtain important information, which is then used in planning your treatment. They show the condition of your teeth, roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial structure.

They are invaluable for diagnosing the presence of gum disease, abscesses and any abnormal growths, including cysts and tumours. They are vital in the early detection of cavities and assist in determining other signs of disease not able to be seen during a visual exam.

I brush my teeth, but still suffer from bad breath. What can I do?

The accumulation of food particles on your tongue and between your teeth not removed during your daily oral cleaning, react with bacteria and cause bad breath. Some people battle with constant bad breath, using mints, mouthwash and gum, which only mask the problem and not cure it.

Adopting an effective at home oral hygiene routine and scheduling professional cleaning appointments to remove plaque and tartar build-up every six – twelve months, depending on your current state of health, can restore your mouth to full health and make your breath fresh.In some cases, persistent bad breath can indicate you have a more serious health problem, including gastrointestinal, respiratory or sinus problem. In this instance we advise that you consult with your GP.

What are wisdom teeth?

Commonly known as third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge and tend to come through between the ages of 17 and 25. For some people they erupt without any problems – the same as all other teeth, but for others they can create a range of oral and general health concerns which in turn need often to be extracted.

When a tooth is knocked out how soon should you see a Dentist?

If the knocked out tooth is dirty, hold it by the crown (not roots) and rinse in milk. If milk is not available then use water but only for a few seconds or have the patient suck it clean, place the tooth in the socket carefully positioning it the correct way. If the tooth cannot be replanted, wrap it in Glad Wrap or place it in milk or place it in the patient’s mouth inside the cheek. It is essential to see your dentist within 30 minutes if you can as timing is critical for successful replanting.