F.A.Q.{Frequently Asked Question}
 

I want to know the difference between pediatric dentist and family dentist?

 

A pediatric dentist takes care of a child’s oral health and he is a certified professional with specialty training at a dental school. He limits his practice to children and teen. They are the primary and specialty oral care providers for children and infants through adolescence with special health needs. On the other hand, a family dentist offers comprehensive dental care for the entire family. with him.

What causes bad breath?

 

There are local and systemic causes of bad breath. Local causes include smoking, drinking, eating onion and garlic, dental decay, dental infections like abscess, food lodgement, coatings present on the tongue and some drugs which cause dry mouth. Systemic causes include pharyngitis, tonsillitis, bronchiectasis, liver disorders, renal disorders, diabetes, peptic ulcers. The cause should be identified and treated accordingly

What is a cavity?

 

A cavity is a hole in the tooth that is caused by dental decay. It causes more food and plaque to accumulate inside thereby aggravating the problem. Hence a cavity when detected should be restored as soon as possible to prevent further tooth damage.

How often should you brush your teeth?

 

Brushing should be done twice daily for optimal dental health. Regular brushing removes dental plaque which is constantly accumulating on the tooth surfaces and keeps the teeth clean.

How often should you visit a dentist?

 

Ideally you should go to a dentist for checkup every six months. However people who have a greater risk of dental disease like smokers, uncontrolled diabetes should visit more often to get their teeth checked.

What causes sensitive teeth?

 

Dentin which is one of the inner layers of the tooth when exposed to the oral environment leads to sensitivity. Receding gums can lead to hypersensitivity. Overzealous/vigorous brushing can cause gum recession and subsequent dentinal damage. Gum disease can also lead to lowering of the gums causing sensitivity. Teeth which fracture or chip off can also expose dentin.

Why should i get my child checked out with braces at the age of 7?

 

Some orthodontic problems are better treated at an early age i.e. the ages between 7 and 10. This is called as phase 1 or intervention orthodontics. Treatment at this time helps the phase 2 of the treatment to be completed at an easier and faster rate and also helps budget the treatment. Treatment at this time for certain cases is advisable cause the jaws are just developing and growing and intervening at this time will cause benefits in future treatment.

Are there any alternatives to braces?

 

Unfortunately there are no alternatives to braces. However the metal braces can be replaced by more cosmetic options like ceramic braces and tooth colored wires. Invisalign clear aligners and lingual braces that are placed at the back of the teeth are now advised instead of traditional braces. Many individuals now opt for veneers over braces. However this does not serve the purpose of correcting bites and also the veneers need to be replaced over time thus making the overall maintenance expensive.

How long do you need to wear braces?

 

This depends upon the individual wearing the braces. It also depends upon the severity of the case. It can depend on the patient because of the cooperation of the patient, wearing auxiliaries like rubber bands etc., by eating less damaging food, maintaining good oral hygiene and coming for follow up appointments.

 

A dental crown completely encases a damaged tooth with a custom design, custom fit cap that fits perfectly over a damaged tooth. The crown thereby restores full functionality to a tooth.

What is a dental bridge?

 

A bridge, also known as a fixed prosthesis, is made to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures it cannot be removed daily and cleaned. Bridges can be supported in any of three ways:
- By natural teeth
- By implants
- By a combination of teeth and implants

What is the material used for crowns and bridges?

 

There are 3 primary materials- all ceramic (porcelain), porcelain fused to metal, or gold.

I want to know the difference between pediatric dentist and family dentist?

 

A pediatric dentist takes care of a child’s oral health and he is a certified professional with specialty training at a dental school. He limits his practice to children and teen. They are the primary and specialty oral care providers for children and infants through adolescence with special health needs. On the other hand, a family dentist offers comprehensive dental care for the entire family. with him.

What is a dental implant?

 

A dental implant is used to replace missing teeth. It supports one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.

Are implants safe and how long will they last?

 

Implants are a safe, well-established treatment.
How well do you take care of your implants - and whether you go for your regular appointments or not - will have the biggest impact on how long will they last.
If you don't look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.

Do implants hurt?

 

Placing an implant is usually easier than a tooth extraction and is usually done using a simple local anesthesia. You will not feel any pain at the time, but just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.

How long does an implant treatment take?

 

The dentist will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts. Usually the permanent false teeth are fitted 3 to 4 months after the implants are put in. Sometimes treatment may take longer and your dentist will be able to tell to you about your treatment period.

What is tooth whitening?

 

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It may not make a complete colour change, but it will definitely lighten the existing shade.