FAQs

Listed below are some commonly asked questions we hear from our patients. Click on the question to see the answer. If you have a more specific enquiry, please don't hesitate to contact us.

View MoreWhy do teeth get cracks?

A common problem is that teeth will crack, either due to trauma, grinding, clenching, decay or heavily filled teeth. “Cracked Tooth Syndrome” relates to a variety of symptoms and signs caused by a crack or many cracks in a tooth. Early diagnosis is needed to improve the chances of saving a cracked tooth.

Symptoms include:

  • Sharp and erratic pain upon chewing or after release of biting pressure: not all cracks cause pain.
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot foods/drinks, or sweets
  • Difficulty in pinpointing which tooth hurts, either upper or lower
  • If you suspect that you may have a cracked tooth, discuss this with your dentist.

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

The black filling material use in your teeth is amalgam. It has been used as a filling material for over a hundred years; it's still one of the strongest materials available.

However, it's about as unattractive a filling material as you can get. There are a number of other tooth-colour restorative materials currently available that can be used to replace old amalgams.


View MoreWhat 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. Occasionally, though, they find their way our much later than that; some never erupt at all.

Thanks to evolution, we're evolving into the proud ownership of smaller jaws; unfortunately our teeth aren't quite keeping pace. Most of our jaws only have room for 28 teeth; we have 32.

Basically, this means that the last teeth to erupt, which are the wisdom teeth, have nowhere to go if there's not enough room remaining.


View MoreWhat does periodontal treatment involve?

In the earlier states of gum disease (mild to moderate periodontitis), most treatment involves scaling and root planning. The procedure aims at removing plaque and calculus from the surface of the tooth adjacent to gum tissue.

In the majority of early gum disease cases, treatment entails improved home care techniques and scaling and root planning.

Advanced cases may require surgical treatment.


View MoreWhat's the best way to prevent gum disease?

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.


View MoreWhat is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. If plaque is not regularly removed, it calcifies into a rough, porous deposit called calculus, or tartar. By products of bacterial metabolism irritate the gums, making them red, tender, swollen and more prone to bleed.

Eventually, the supporting periodontal structures begin to breakdown. The result of this slow process is tissue loss, bone loss and eventual tooth loss.


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

If you are not in any pain then ring the dentist as soon as possible and make an appointment, but try and keep the tooth as clean as possible and avoid biting hard on that tooth. If you have pain, then you will need to go to your dentist ASAP as an emergency.


View MoreWhen 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.


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

Immediately. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth. When a tooth is knocked out:

  • Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
  • Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
  • Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.
  • Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and the gum to keep it moist.
  • It is important not to let the tooth dry out.

It is 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.


View MoreWhat 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.


View MoreWhy 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-Rays 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).


View MoreWhen 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.


View MoreI 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 odorous 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.

It is best to brush your tongue daily or you may want to consider a tongue scraper. Both are extremely effective at removing this protective mucous layer from the back of the tongue.

The latest products on the market for bad breath are toothpastes and mouthwashes containing chlorine dioxide. The chlorine dioxide neutralises the odorous sulphur compounds, instead of simply covering up the odour.


Popular Articles

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View MoreThe Silent Epidemic The Works – Periodontal

It is estimated that 75% or more of the population has periodontal disease to some extent. It smells just as bad by its other name – pyorrhea! It is the main reason by far for most adults losing the......

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View MoreJoints- your TMJ is a joint

In order to move more easily, joints must be lubricated. Synovial fluid is produced by cells in the body, for this function and the quality (consistency) and quantity of this fluid will be a determ......

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View MoreHolistic Dentistry and Your Health

In discussing Holistic Dentistry, we acknowledge that no one part of the body operates in isolation from the rest of the body. Everything everywhere in the body, has an effect, however subtle, everyw......

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View MoreWhat can you do to look after one of the most important parts of your body?

FIRSTLY, RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR TEETH. Do you realise all the benefits which derive from having a healthy set of teeth? 1. SEX APPEAL. A nice smile, and nice looking teeth, are on......

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View MoreAre your silver fillings making you sick?

Every time you eat or chew, no matter how conscientious you are about your health, you could be slowly but surely poisoning yourself? This is the startling conclusion which could be drawn after rev......

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View MoreAll about Teeth Whitening

This is the most sought after procedure and certainly most researched on popular search engines such as Google amongst other dental procedures.
It is certainly the most cost effective and......

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View MoreShould I get my teeth whitened?

There are lots of advantages in getting your teeth whitened. When you smile, people take notice, and a brilliant white smile can give you new found confidence that people will instantly notice. It giv......

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View MoreTooth Decay

Soon after brushing, a thin sticky layer forms over the surface of your teeth which contains bacteria, this is referred to as plaque. When you eat anything containing sugar, the bacteria in plaque u......

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View MoreHow to Brush and Floss

The most important part of dental care is down to you. Brushing your teeth twice daily insures for healthier teeth and gums. And if you dread the dentist's chair then the best treatment is preventi......

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View MoreHow You Can Get Your Teeth Whitened

Speak to our friendly and informative team now! There are a few techniques that can be used by our cosmetic dentists to help you achieve that whiter, brighter smile. This may include tooth whitening t......

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View MoreThe Danger of Soft Drinks

In general, we all agree that soft drinks taste good. What many people do not realise is the dangerous toll this takes on your teeth. Sugar found in soft drinks react with the natural bacteria in your......

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View MoreYou Can't Hide Ugly, Chipped, Stained and Crooked Teeth

But you CAN fix them fast, with a comfortable Smile Make Over!

As a dentist, I see people every day who are ashamed of their teeth. Like the patient I talked to recently who burst into tear......

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View MoreTeeth Not Perfectly White - Dont Feel Embarrassed, its Normal

Contrary to many advertisements, it is difficult to obtain perfectly white teeth. Natural, healthy teeth have extremely subtle yellow, brown or grey tones. Shine a flashlight behind your front teet......

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View MoreBanish Bad Breath

A healthy mouth means fresh breath! Bad breath can affect those nearest and dearest to us. It can place strain on relationships as well as being socially embarrassing.

The main culprit ......

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View MoreSpecial Reports

View MoreOvercoming teeth grinding habits

There are a number of mind and body factors that contribute to excessive jaw clenching and teeth grinding, and because it can often occur during sleep, many people often have no control over their actions.

The mix of factors is complicated and can include:
• Stress, from work, relationships or other forms of mental tension
• Physical stress on your body such as prolonged sickness
• Poor nutrition
• Physical abnormalities in your jaw or teeth

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View MoreTMJ Treatment - Neuromuscular Dentistry

Grinding your teeth? Suffering from frequent headaches, dizziness, back pain or neck pain? You may be suffering from TMJ Dysfunction.
The TMJ Joint (Temporomandibular Joint) refers to the two joints located in front of the ears, and is located where the upper and lower jaw connect. These joints are responsible for performing functions such as chewing and talking.

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