FAQ

Here are some FAQ’s.

My gums bleed when I brush, is this healthy?
No, bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. You should make an appointment to visit us so that we can assess your particular situation.

What should I do when I have toothache?
If you are suffering from a persistent tooth ache you should schedule an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as possible, in the meantime make sure your teeth are clean and debris free, floss between your teeth to remove any left over food particles. A cold compress can be used on the outside of the cheek if any swelling is present.

Will teeth 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.

Should I have teeth whitening before or after my crown, bridge or implant?
If you are considering teeth whitening, then 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.

What do I do if I have an accident and knock out a tooth?
Make sure you only handle the crown (the top part) and not the root, gently rinse in milk or hold in your mouth next to your cheek. Every minute the tooth is out of your mouth, means there is less chance that it will live – try to replace it and get to a dentist within 30 minutes.

What is root canal treatment?
When the pulp (the inner living part of the tooth) is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it becomes inflamed. If left untreated, the pulp will die and become gangrenous, 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 and allowing the tooth to be saved from exraction.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual brushes?
If you are brushing incorrectly, it doesn’t matter what kind of toothbrush you use. Using a manual toothbrush with the correct technique can be just as good as the electric version. In reality most people, despite their best efforts, do not brush with the perfect technique needed for manual brushing. For this reason, we recommend electric brushes, as technique is not quite as critical.

I have recently cracked my tooth but do not know why as I have healthy gums and look after my teeth?
A toothache caused by a cracked tooth without associated cavities or gum disease can cause severe sharp pains.

A broken tooth can be caused by chewing or biting hard objects such as lollies, nuts, ice or chewing on your pen, or heavy teeth grinding (bruxism).You are especially prone if you already have a heavily filled tooth.

Old amalgam (mercury) fillings predispose teeth to cracking. A tooth filled with amalgam stands a much higher chance of cracking than an unfilled tooth or a tooth filled with today’s modern resin or ceramic materials.

If you would like more information on any aspect of dentistry, you can email us or contact our reception on 94205050