FAQs

  1. Why do my gums bleed?
  2. Do I need my wisdom teeth taken out?
  3. How often should I visit for a checkup and clean?
  4. When should my child first see a dentist?
  5. What are fissure sealants and do I need them?
  6. What is an implant and is it painful?
  7. What is root canal and is it painful?
  8. Why do I need x-rays?
  9. Are silver fillings safe and should I consider having all my silver fillings replaced?

1. Why do my gums bleed?

Bleeding gums are usually caused by poor oral hygiene practices. The accumulation of plaque and calculus on teeth and around your gums causes irritation and inflammation of your gums. This inflammation of the gums makes them prone to bleeding. This bleeding can be reduced and eliminated through regular toothbrushing and flossing. To find out more, click on "Bleeding gums" under services.

2. Do I need my wisdom teeth taken out?

Not all wisdom teeth need to be taken out. If there is enough space in your mouth to accommodate the wisdom tooth/teeth and you can clean them easily and they are causing no pain, then there is no reason to have them removed. Reasons for removal of wisdom teeth include:

  • Inadequate space in your mouth to accommodate the wisdom tooth/teeth
  • Pain/infection
  • Heavy decay of the wisdom tooth
  • Impacted wisdom tooth (wisdom tooth is erupting at an odd angle)
  • Wisdom tooth causing soft tissue damage (some wisdom teeth erupt at odd angles and may contribute to cheek biting)

To find out more, click on "Wisdom Teeth" under services.

3. How often should I visit for a checkup and clean?

It is advised that you visit once every 6 months for a checkup and clean so that if any dental problems arise they can be tackled early and fixed easily. Calculus/tartar and staining usually build up on teeth again within 6 months and require professional dental cleaning to remove. If you are suffering from a more serious dental condition then it may be suggested to visit the dentist more frequently.

4. When should my child first see a dentist?

You should take your child to see a dentist when they get their first baby/milk teeth. Bringing them to the dentist when they are young and have few or no dental problems will make their experience at the dentist more pleasant and ensure they do not develop dental fear/anxiety in the future. Good oral hygiene habits and preventive measures are best instilled from an early age.

5. What are fissure sealants and do I need them?

Everyone is unique and this includes the shape and form of their teeth as well. Some people have deep pits and fissures as a part of their normal tooth anatomy. Other people have shallow pits and fissures as part of their normal tooth anatomy. Those who have deep pits and fissures tend to get food debris and plaque trapped in these fissures and have difficulty cleaning out these fissures due to their depth. Over time, this may lead to decay forming within the fissures. In these cases, a thin sealant can be placed into the deep fissures to make them more shallow and prevent food/plaque trapping and thus prevent fissure decay.

6. What is an implant and is it painful?

An implant is an artificial tooth root which is implanted into the jawbone to support restorations. It is the ideal replacement for missing teeth provided that you have good quality and quantity of jawbone present at the site of the missing tooth. When you are missing a tooth, your jawbone in that area shrinks over time. Having an implant placed in the area will prevent this bone shrinkage and allow preservation of your jawbone. The placement of an implant is not painful as it is performed under local anaesthesia so the area will be numb. The procedure is performed in our dental practices. To find out more, visit the "Dental Implants" under services.

7. What is root canal and is it painful?

When teeth are involved in trauma or become painful due to large decay, the nerve inside the tooth is often affected (nerve may be dead or infected). In this case, root canal treatment is required in order to save the tooth and eliminate pain. Root canal involves the removal of the dead or infected nerve from inside the tooth. Local anaesthetic is used before root canal treatment to ensure that the procedure is comfortable and pain free.

8. Why do I need x-rays?

It is suggested that x-rays are taken once a year to check in between your teeth, underneath/around existing fillings to ensure that there is no new decay present. Decay in these areas are not visible when simply looking in the mouth, so x-rays are a good idea to detect any hidden decay. X-rays are also useful to check that the bone levels around your teeth are normal.

9. Are silver fillings safe and should I consider having all my silver fillings replaced?

Silver fillings (aka Amalgam fillings) contain about 50% mercury and this is why there has been some controversy regarding its use. However, there has been no evidence found to indicate that any of this mercury leaches out of the silver filling and therefore it is still a safe filling material to use. Silver fillings are not used as often as they once were as most people prefer the white/tooth coloured fillings available today for aesthetic reasons. If you already have silver fillings in your teeth, there is no need to have them replaced unless they are faulty or have surrounding decay.

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