1. I had a fall and broke my tooth. How can I have it fixed?
Treatment for a broken or fractured tooth will depend on the size.
- A small fracture can be fixed with a filling.
- For a bigger fracture, you may need a root canal treatment and a crown/cap.
2. I am a 45 year old and I have been told to have bone loss, gum recession and gum pockets. Besides brushing and flossing, what other dental aids can I use to take care of my teeth?
If you have bone loss and gum recession or gum (periodontal) pockets, will need to add other tools to your routine dental care. These include interdental brushes, electric toothbrushes, water picks, innovative soft tooth picks, gum stimulators, tongue cleaners etc. To know which ones are actually necessary and how to use them properly, you could schedule an appointment with our gum specialist Dr Ibbani.
3. Is RCT (root canal treatment) painful?
People fear RCT because they assume it to be painful. The pain you feel is due to the infection or injury in the tooth, not the root canal treatment itself. Today, with modern techniques and effective anaesthesia, root canal procedure is almost painless.
4. Will scaling (cleaning) weaken my teeth and cause sensitivity?
Scaling removes deposits like plaque and tartar on the teeth that lead to gum disease which in turn causes bone loss and tooth weakening. Hence, scaling does not weaken the teeth as they are already made weak by the deposits. Regular scaling actually keeps your gums healthy and makes your teeth stronger.
Your mouth may feel sore and sensitive after cleaning. This discomfort, however, disappears in a few days.
5. I want to bleach (whiten) my teeth. I would like to know whether bleaching causes sensitivity and whether it weakens the teeth.
Bleaching or tooth whitening lightens the teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. After teeth whitening treatment, some may complain of tooth sensitivity and pain which is caused by the whitening agent. This side effect is usually short-term, and goes away with time. But, bleaching will not weaken your tooth structure.
6. I have a missing tooth. Do you recommend a bridge or an implant?
A bridge is an option when there are teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This, however, involves cutting down your natural teeth on either side to be able to bridge/connect them together.
An implant, on the other hand, is a good way to replace your missing tooth because it replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root. It also feels and acts more like your natural tooth when chewing, brushing or smiling.
7. Which is the most effective and durable treatment option for a missing tooth?
A dental implant is the next best thing to a natural tooth. So, if you are looking for a replacement option that looks, feels and behaves like a natural tooth, an implant is the most effective and durable option.
8. I am a 48 year old and have lost multiple teeth. What are my treatment options?
- We recommend dental implants to replace one or multiple teeth – the most modern treatment. Implant-supported bridges are very stable and retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity.
- A temporary way to replace your teeth would be dentures. This is one of the oldest solutions.
- We also recommend a hybrid solution where you can experience the benefits of both dentures and implants.
- If you are not ready for a surgical procedure, bridges can be a good option. We, at Dr Jagadeesh’s dental clinic create the most natural-looking bridges that will blend in with your natural teeth. This is a possibility provided your remaining teeth are strong enough to support the new bridge.
9. What are my options when all my teeth are missing?
- The permanent and stable option for replacing all your teeth is an implant-supported, permanently fixed, full-arch set of teeth. This allows you to eat the foods you want to apart from enhancing your smile/appearance.
- A fewer implants can be placed to firmly hold a denture in place and provide stability and improve the chewing ability.
- A completely removable option would be dentures. Dentures are the traditional way of replacing all your missing teeth. But, they become unstable or loose in your mouth over time due to bone loss. Loose or slipping dentures can cause sore spots and painful ulcers.
10. I have had dentures for several years and have lost a lot of my jawbone. My lower dentures are almost floating and I need help. Is there still hope for me?
When considerable jaw bone is lost, you may not be able to chew food or may chew only soft food, may not be able to taste some foods, may have constant mouth sores and be unhappy with the appearance. With the new options available today in the field of dental implants, you still have hope. Lower dentures are usually difficult for most patients. We offer a very simple treatment where 2 or 3 implants are placed in the lower jaws. Small attachments are then made to fit into the under-surface of your denture which connects to the implants.
11. How long will it take to fit an implant and replace the teeth (implant supported bridge)?
The time taken for fitting the implant and replacing the teeth depend on many factors. Placing a single implant may take about half an hour, several implants will take longer. But the entire process, from start to finish, can take several months. Our team at Dr Jagadeesh’s is welcoming and will take the time to inform you of all of your concerns. In order to find out if implants are right for you schedule an appointment and let us help you transform your smile.
12. Do you work on Sundays?
Our clinic is generally closed on Sundays.
13. I want to get the clip treatment done for my daughter. Is there a quick procedure?
Yes, for most teenagers, treatment with Invisalign takes about 6 to 10 months.
14. How often do we get our teeth cleaned?
If you have maintained good oral hygiene, we recommend teeth cleaning twice a year. If you have gum problems, we suggest you see us every three months.
15. I have a 2 yr old son, I would like to bring him for a dental check up. What is the earliest age we must start the regular follow up.
A child is recommended to visit the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. A regular check-up every six months there on is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems.
16. I have very weak teeth and am developing cavities one after the other. My dentist tells me I have hypoplastic teeth. What do I do to prevent cavities and have healthy teeth
Hypoplasia is a type of enamel defect resulting in thin enamel. This makes you more prone to cavities. You need to visit your dentist regularly to monitor your teeth and prevent decay. Treatments options include professional fluoride treatments, fillings, crowns and teeth whitening depending on the severity.
17. I have black silver fillings. I would like to replace it to the tooth coloured ones. My friend says it causes sensitivity. Your opinion?
Black, metal/silver or amalgam fillings are very unattractive because they appear black when you smile or laugh, and are noticeable. Also, amalgam is made up of mercury, which can potentially be a health risk. So, we recommend you to replace the black fillings with tooth-coloured fillings (composite) as these are made to match with the colour of your teeth, are safe and do not usually cause sensitivity.
18. I have gaps between the teeth and I don’t want to go for clip treatment. I also do not want to grind my teeth. Is there a conservative way to fix my teeth?
If you are conscious of the gaps between the teeth and do not want clip treatment or crowns to close the gaps, we recommend cosmetic build up. Here, the tooth-coloured filling material is applied to your teeth so that the gap is closed. The procedure is done in a single visit, is conservative (no preparation), affordable and the results are immediate.
19. My gums bleed when I brush or floss my teeth?
Gum bleeding may be due to the build-up of plaque or tartar on your teeth. Plaque contains germs that attack your healthy gums causing them to to become inflamed and irritated, leading to bleed whenever you floss or brush them. To prevent gum problems, we recommend you get your cleaning done every 6 months.
20. I am only 40. My teeth are sensitive. What do I do to keep them healthy?
Generally, with continuous crunching, gnawing and grinding the protective outer layer of the tooth (enamel) wears away exposing the dentin which contains nerve endings. This causes your teeth to be sensitive or painful when exposed to air, cold, sweet, acidic or hot foods. Tooth surfaces could also get dissolved on taking excessive acidic foods such as citrus fruits and carbonated beverages, or on using a hard toothbrush..
We suggest you to keep your sensitive teeth healthy by,
- Using desensitizing toothpaste.
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Avoiding highly acidic foods.
- Using a fluoridated mouthwash daily.
- Avoiding teeth grinding. We recommend you use a mouth guard
- If an infection develops, you would need a root canal procedure and/or a crown.
21. I was told that I have a wisdom tooth to be removed. How long will the procedure take?
At times, there is too little space in your mouth for wisdom teeth to move into the right position. This can be uncomfortable as the tooth may break through the gums at an angle, push your other teeth forward and create a space for food to become trapped. In such situations, your wisdom teeth are said to be impacted and can cause problems such as pain or an infection. Such wisdom teeth need to be removed or extracted. The length of time it takes to remove the wisdom tooth depends on the tooth and the difficulty of the surgery.
When you schedule an appointment with Dr Jagadeesh’s dental clinic, we can examine you, take X-rays, and let you know the extraction procedure in detail.