FAQs (Frequently Asked Question)

Dental conditions

What treatment can be done to stained and rather yellow teeth? 

To whiten stained or rather yellow teeth, you can have an option for a treatment called ‘bleaching' or if the shape of the teeth are also unsatisfactory, we can recommend veneer.

What can I do with a gap between my front teeth? 

The best way to deal with this is with orthodontic treatment, but this will take quite a long time to achieve the result. Depending on the size of the gap, it could also be filled with tooth colored cement and sculptured to look as your natural teeth. A porcelain veneer is also an alternative treatment and they are more aesthetic and long lasting.

What is ECC? Can it be prevented?

ECC or early childhood caries, also known as baby bottle tooth decay can be prevented by regular brushing, flossing and visits to your child's dentist. Children should be introduced into daily oral health routine soon after their teeth have erupted.

Are there any steps to take at home to reduce bad breath?

Apart from regular brushing and flossing of your teeth, brush your tongue and palate with a soft-bristled regular toothbrush to remove plaque. Rinsing regularly and gargling with mouth-wash will give your mouth an extra, fresh clean feeling..

Can smoking increase the chances of gum disease?

Yes, chronic periodontal disease (gum disease) is a common condition found in the mouths of smokers. Research has shown that components in cigarette smoke alter key characteristics of a major bacterial pathogen which, subsequently, changes how our immune system reacts to it. Porphyromonas gingivalis adapts and changes its DNA and membrane proteins in response to cigarette smoke. Smokers often do not seem to benefit from conventional periodontal treatments.

Can drinking “energy” drinks harm your teeth? 

The acid found in the popular drinks causes the enamel to soften and become weak. Compromised tooth enamel could increase the risk of tooth damage and tooth decay. 

Bridge and Crowns

How many visits will it take for a bridge or crown treatment? 

Usually 2-3 visits will be required with a minimum of 7 days to complete the treatment.

How long can a bridge or crown last?

A bridge or crown can last for more than 10 years if the patient practices good oral hygiene with regular dental check-ups (every 6 month) to a dentist.

Implant

How is the procedure of an implant done? 

Dental implant treatment requires a period of 3-4 months to complete with about 5-6 visits to the centre.The procedure involves implantation of a titanium screw done via surgery under local anesthetic, followed by an implantation of crown abutment once the bones of your jaw is fully integrated with the titanium implant. The crown is then fabricated and fitted to complete the procedure. 

Is it true that implant can stop bone loss? 

It is not true that implant can stop bone loss. The fact is that a dental implant will be successful if a patient has a healthy gum and sufficient bones to support the implant. 

Will a patient feel comfortable after putting in the implant and will the implant cause irritation?

Like other minor surgeries, there will be a slight discomfort after the anesthetic wears off with very little irritation. A patient should be able to eat normally 24 hours after the implant.

Is there a guarantee after treatment? 

The implant is guaranteed for 5 years against damage or defects by the company that supplies it. As for the surgery, we will only perform dental implants on suitable cases to ensure success. 

Braces (Orthodontic)

How long do I have to wear braces, and will it be painful? 

Depending on the severity of cases, braces will be prescribed for 1 to 2 years. Wearing braces is not painful. 

It is true that it will be quite (not very) painful after fixing the braces?

Eating will be uncomfortable for the first 2-3 days; and so will be talking. It will not be painful but patients will feel some discomfort during the first 2 weeks. 

What is the right age to start orthodontic treatment?

There is no wrong or right age but it is advised that a child be given an evaluation at around 7years old as at between the ages of 7-12, there are ways to prevent a child from having to wear braces altogether. However, for some, problems do not occur until at a later age. Orthodontic treatment can be applied just as effectively at an adult age.

The metal color of the braces will make the appearances unattractive. Is there anything that can be done to improve the appearances? 

There are alternatives to metal braces such as ceramic brackets with very fine wire that looks almost invisible. There are also “invisible” braces such as lingual braces and Invasalign.

Teeth Whitening/Bleaching

Will bleaching whitening treatment do any harm to my teeth, examples causing hypersensitivity? 

No. After every whitening treatment, you may apply a desensitizing gel provided by the manufacturer of the whitening system to avoid any sensitivity after treatment. However, the whitening products that we use do not cause sensitivity. Sensitivity is mild and short- termed.

How long is the bleaching/whitening treatment? 

A bleaching/ whitening treatment will usually take about 1 to 1½ hours. Currently Dentalpro offers the ZOOM II system where the bleaching agents is activated by a cold light source. 

Are there risks involved in using teeth whitening home-kits?

Home kits, regardless of whether they are recommended by a dentist or obtained over the counter may become harmful only when the use or application does not comply with the instructions. Especially for over-the-counter product repetitive use may slightly compromise the strength of your tooth enamel and cause side effects such as tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.

What is the advantage of in-office whitening treatment over home-kits?

In-office whitening treatment is preformed under the supervision of a dentist with the progress closely monitored with follow-up visits. Should any side effects occur, the dentist will undertake the necessary treatment or even recommend discontinuation of the product or alternative product. for you. 

 

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