FAQ

General Question Asked By Patients

My son chews tobacco. Will it cause cancer?

It sure can! It’s even worse than cigarettes because of the higher concentration of tobacco. Chewing tobacco is an absolute cancer producer

I have been smoking for years. Can my teeth be whiter?

Yes. External bleaching may help. If it doesn’t, the teeth can be covered with a light composite resin bonding or beautiful €˜stick on’ porcelain laminates. However, continued heavy smoking will unfortunately shorten the longevity of any treatment result.

How long does bleaching last?

Each person is different. It depends on many factors including your diet, the original color of your teeth, and each person’s ability to absorb bleaching products.

There is a dark line on my tooth at the gum line. What causes this?

Usually, a metal margin on a crown or a dark root is the cause of this condition. Crowns with €˜porcelain margins or all ceramic crowns’ may help. Visit us in order to determine the exact cause and best solution.

My gums bleed when I brush or floss. Is this normal?

No! A thorough soft tissue evaluation including X-rays, with a prophylaxis (cleaning) and good homecare instructions is an essential beginning. Usually bleeding is an initial symptom of gingivitis or periodontal disease, and may require conventional gum surgery if necessary. Seek a dentist who can do different forms of treatment from simple cleaning of the teeth to antibiotic therapy, and as a last resort, surgery.

Why should I spend a lot of money on a root canal? Why not just pull the tooth?

Losing a tooth can be the beginning of many more lost teeth. Saving the tooth maintains space, keeps other teeth from shifting, and eliminates the need and cost of a bridge or implant and crown. Although seemingly expensive, it is actually quite cost effective.

I have a gap between my two front teeth. How can it be closed?

There are several ways in which this can be corrected:
1.Orthodontics is the best way (multiple visits)
2.Bonding (one visit)
3.Porcelain laminate veneers (two visits)
4.Crowns (two visits)

What can I do about bad breath?

It may be coming from your teeth or gums but usually it’s from bacteria colonizing on the back of the tongue. A comprehensive breath evaluation and bacterial culture can determine the best form of treatment. See a dentist who uses a new diagnostic device called the Halimeter with bag culturing to help diagnose the extent of your problem. There are remedies available today to combat this problem. Mouth rinses (chlorine dioxide) and tongue scrapers help get rid of the bacteria that cause these odors.

Bad taste in the mouth may be due to a cavity in the tooth or accumulation of calculus (tartar) on the teeth or inside the gums. Bad breath may also be due to cavity, tartar, throat infection or stomach problems. It can be treated by getting your teeth cleaned by a dentist once in 6 months / yearly and by getting the cavity filled (if required), and using mouth washes and medicines. After this you can confidenly open your fresh mouth and speak to friends or in public places without facing any embarrassment. Instead of this if you brush in the night even if the bacteria enters in your mouth they will not find any food particle to eat so the move out & you are protected against cavity.

My smile is crooked. What can be done?

No problem. Although orthodontics is the ideal way to correct this condition, sometimes an alternative using restorative treatment with bonding, laminating or full crowns can make a pleasing result.

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?

The process of straightening teeth, is called Orthodontics. It may be loosely defied as the science of moving teeth, straightening irregular, crowded or improperly placed teeth. Dentists who are specially qualified in this area of expertise are referred to as Orthodontists.

WHAT IS PERIODONTICS?

A disease which affects the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth is known as periodontal disease. It is commonly known as gum disease. The early stage of the disease is referred to as Gingivitis and is characterized by inflamed gums which bleed easily. In the more advanced stage, the disease affects the bone and other supporting structures and is known as periodontitis.

WHAT IS ORAL CANCER?

Oral Cancer is a disease that starts as an uncontrolled growth of cells in the mouth. It leads to disfigurement of the face, debility of body and eventually death.

SOME KINDS OF ORAL CANCER IS IT VERY COMMON?

Oral Cancer is the most common of cancers in India with as many as 64,460 cases reported each year. That makes it as common as cancer of the lungs, breast or cervix. As much as 7% of all cancer deaths in males and 4% in famales have been reported to be due to oral cancer. The figure continues to rise rapidly because of bad oral habits such as chewing of gutka, tobacco, and smoking among.

WHAT IS DENTAL IMPLANT ?

It is an advanced medical technology for the treatment of tooth loss. A titanium implant is implanted in the toothless area of the jawbone. The jawbone fuses with the titanium surface providing a strong anchorage for the implant. The implant functions as a support for the dental prosthesis constructed over it.

Your Tooth Brush / Tooth Paste / Mouth Wash

Select a tooth paste which contains proper level of calcium & fluoride content depending on your teeth & water content of fluoride in your city. If you are having teeth sensitive to hot & cold liquids use a tooth paste which contains potassium nitrate or sodium mono fluoro phosphate. Select a tooth brush which should be soft or medium ( not hard ). If possible get an angular & rubber coated headed brush. Select a mouth wash which contains chlorhexidine, triclosan,sodium fluoride combination. If you are having teeth sensitive to hot & cold liquids use a mouth wash which contains potassium nitrate or sodium mono fluoro phosphate.

Why night brushing?

As you know no bacteria can enter during the day time because of the constant movement of tongue & saliva. During night time these movement are stopped so bacteria enter your mouth to eat those leftover food particles left in between your teeth. In lieu of eating these food particles there create a hole in your teeth which creates a cavity. Instead of this if you brush in the night even if the bacteria enters in your mouth they will not find any food particle to eat so the move out & you are protected against cavity.

Pain & sensitivity with cold & hot water, sweat & sour food.

Pain and sensation with cold water is caused when the outer layer of the tooth (enamel) is worn off due to faulty brushing habits or due to cavites or if your gums have receeded (gone down) due to age. You can have this problem treated by getting it filled by a material and learning the right technique of brushing your teeth, (so as to have a longer life of healthy teeth and avoiding the same problem on other teeth and by using de-sensitising tooth paste and mouth washes).

Is there anything I should do before my appointment?

There are a few things that you should keep us informed about in order to ensure that we are most effective when treating you. Please keep us informed about:
•  whether your teeth or gums are more sensitive to heat, cold or sweets
•  any changes in your gums, such as changes in color, tenderness or bleeding when you brush or        floss
•  whether your floss catches on rough edges of teeth that causes the floss to tear
•  any changes in the skin on the inside of your mouth, such as changes in color
•  if you clench or grind your teeth, or if your neck and jaw muscles are tense or sore
•  inform us of any allergies you have
•  if you are pregnant
•  any medicine you are taking
•  if your medicine has changed since your last check-up
•  any health problems or medical condition that you are being treated for
•  any other changes in your general health

Are x-rays safe?

You are already exposed to low levels of radiation from the environment on a daily basis. This is caused by natural sources of radioactive substances in the earth, the sun and from naturally occurring radiation in our bodies. This is commonly referred to as background radiation. The amount of radiation you receive during a single x-ray is equivalent to a few days of background radiation. In addition to the low levels of radiation used, we target the x-ray machine only at those areas we need to review in order to ensure that you have healthy teeth. We also cover the remainder of your body with a lead apron providing you with additional protection.

How common is gum disease?

It is the most common dental problem, and it can progress quite painlessly until you have a serious problem. The end result is bone loss and the loss of teeth. Even though you may brush and floss regularly, regular visits to the dentist will help detect gum disease in the early stages. If you already have gum disease, getting rid of plaque and tartar gives your gums a chance to get better. That’s why in the early stages of gum disease, the best treatment is:

•  regular cleanings in our practice
•  brushing twice a day
•  flossing once a day