FAQ

Often during treatment and consultations, it is difficult to take in all necessary information. Therefore, we have developed a page for the most commonly asked questions we hear from our patients. These FAQ’s are updated on a regular basis and cover many area’s of dental treatment. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call Maven Dental Samuel Street.

I have a number of black fillings, what can I have done to improve this?

The black filling material used in your teeth is amalgam. It has been used as a filling material for over a hundred years, however it is as unattractive as a filling material can get. There are a number of other tooth coloured restorative materials currently available that can be used to replace the old amalgams.

I brush my teeth constantly but still have bad breath. What can I do?

Brushing and flossing are definitely the first steps to eliminating bad breath. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria responsible for creating odourous sulphur compounds and the food they feed on. However, bacteria hide not only on and around the teeth but also on the tongue under a layer of mucous. Here they are free to create odours. You might want to consider a tongue scraper. They’re extremely effective at removing this protective mucous layer from the back of the tongue.

When should my child first see a dentist?

The ideal time for your child to meet the dentist is six months after their first (primary) teeth erupt.
This gives your dentist a perfect opportunity to carefully examine the development of their mouth and catch problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations and prolonged thumb-sucking early.

Why do I need X-Rays?

Radiographic or X-ray examinations provide your dentist with an important diagnostic tool that shows the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-Ray can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumours. X-rays can also show the exact location of impacted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through visual examination (such as changes in the jaw bone structure as a result of systemic disease).

What can gum disease mean for a diabetic?

Gingivitus is an infection within the gums caused by bacteria found in plaque. A diabetic’s body doesn’t respond as quickly to infection as a non-diabetic. If the infection persists, it can spread to the underlying bone that supports and anchors the teeth. It has been shown that diabetics who keep their condition under control and maintain good oral hygiene have a far better chance of combating infections than those who are poorly controlled.

My tooth was knocked out, how soon should I see a dentist?

If it not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk.

When a tooth is pushed out of position:

  • Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure, but do not force the tooth.
  • Bite down to keep the tooth from moving.
  • Your dentist may splint the tooth in place to the two healthy teeth next to the loose tooth.

While biting hard food I broke one of my teeth. What should I do?

If you are not in pain then ring Maven Dental Samuel Street as soon as possible and make an appointment, but try and keep the tooth as clean as possible and avoid biting on that tooth. If you have pain, then you will need to call Maven Dental Samuel Street immediately as an emergency.

What happens if I just ignore getting my teeth cleaned?

As the plaque and calculus accumulate, the periodontal disease continues. Supporting tissues around the teeth (gums, periodontal ligaments, bone) are lost. Periodontal pockets form which trap additional plaque. Bad breath often accompanies this condition. Once the bone that supports the teeth is lost, it will not regrow without surgical intervention

What’s the best way to prevent gum disease?

Conscientious removal of plaque by flossing, brushing and regular professional cleanings will minimise your risk of gum disease.
However, there are other factors that can affect the health of your gums, such as stress, diabetes, genetics and pregnancy

What does periodontal treatment involve?

The periodontal pockets around the tooth are cleaned and all effected root surfaces are smoothed. In the majority of early gum disease cases, treatment entails improved home care techniques and scaling and root planning.

What are wisdom teeth?

They’re the last teeth to erupt in the back of your mouth. Usually, they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Ocasionally though, they find their way out much later that that, and some never erupt at all.

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