We have put together a list of frequently asked questions for patients and prospective patients to peruse. Take a look to see if we have answered your questions. If we haven’t, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can address all your questions and concerns.
Some of the early signs of oral cancer may include mouth sores and lesions that don’t heal within two weeks; discoloured patches in the mouth; lumps or thickened areas in the cheek; numbness in the tongue or mouth; difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue; slurring words; and chronic hoarseness, sore throat or a feeling that there is something is caught in your throat. One may also experience swelling in the jaw, and people who wear dentures may notice that their dentures don’t fit or have become uncomfortable.
An oral cancer check involves both a visual and physical examination. During the visual exam, your dentist will examine your oral tissues by looking at your lips and mouth, as well as your gums, the insides of your cheeks, your tongue, and the roof and floor of your mouth. During the visual exam, your dentist will feel your head and cheeks, the area around the jaw, your chin, and inside the oral cavity. This will allow your dentist to feel for unusual nodules or masses.
An oral cancer screening generally only takes around two minutes to complete. The screening is precautionary, rather than diagnostic.
Teeth whitening, although highly effective, is not a permanent solution to discoloured teeth. In most cases, you can expect the results of your treatment to last for a year or more, but this will depend on your personal habits, including oral hygiene and dietary choices. For an in-office teeth whitening treatment, we recommend that you come in for follow-up treatments between every six months and a year for the best possible results. If you choose a take-home tooth whitening treatment, we recommend that you come in for a follow-up visit around two to three weeks after your first appointment.
No. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective treatment, but we highly recommend that you get your treatment done professionally by a dentist to ensure your safety and comfort. When you come in to see us, we’ll begin the process with a consultation, which will allow your dentist to assess your overall oral health and determine which tooth whitening treatment is best for your particular needs. It’s important that you choose a professional whitening treatment so that the correct amount of whitening gel is used, and that your gums are protected throughout the process.
Yes, absolutely. While we do offer take-home whitening kits, it is also possible to come in and see us for an in-office whitening procedure. In fact, having your teeth whitened at the dental office is the quickest and most effective option, plus it only takes around an hour to complete. Before the treatment begins, your dentist will do a thorough check-up and clean. Then, your gums will be covered for protection and a whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. The gel will be applied to your teeth in three sessions every 15 minutes.
You can remove plaque thoroughly from all surfaces by daily brushing and flossing. Use a fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily because fluoride acts against the destruction of the tooth surface by acids. It also reduces the loss of minerals from the tooth and promotes repair of early decay.
We cater to anxious patients so that you can get the smile of your dreams no matter what with a range of treatments that are designed for anxious patients. We also offer a range of anaesthetic options including nitrous oxide and more.
Watch out for these early warning signs:
- Your gums are tender and swollen or red
- Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
- You can’t get rid of bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
If you think you might have gum disease, visit your dentist straight away for a professional examination and cleaning. If caught early enough, gum disease can usually be controlled.
While there’s no fail-safe procedure that will ensure you keep all your teeth as you age you can improve your changes by regularly brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting the dentist. Dental hygiene is the only way to ensure that you maintain your teeth for as long as possible.
Root canal treatment can save a tooth as well as preventing the other oral health problems associated with tooth loss and infection. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, root canal treatment is no more painful that getting a filling.
There are a number of situations where the use of radiographs (x-rays) is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment. This is because often times the problem with the tooth cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Here are a few things radiographs are used for:
- Locating the source of toothaches
- Determining where decay is hiding
- Assessing whether the underlying bone has been damages by gum disease
- Locating wisdom teeth if they are developed and seeing if they have impacted
- Determining the length and shape of the roots for root canal therapy
- Monitoring the success of a root canal treatment
The human eye cannot see the areas where many dental problems first begin. Radiographs however can reveal what is happening beyond the surface of the tooth and under the gums.
A cavity is a pit or hole on the surface of the tooth that is caused by the acids produced by bacteria. The protective top layer of the tooth, called enamel, tends to soften over time, causing a hole to be left on the tooth. The softening of enamel is called decay.
Tooth decay occurs when foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars, get lodged in the spaces between your teeth and are not properly removed by means of proper brushing and regular flossing. The bacteria in your mouth produces acids which eat away the tooth enamel, forming cavities. If left untreated, the cavities can become larger, eventually destroying the entire tooth.
- Certain foods and drinks: Foods that tend to get stuck in your teeth contribute to tooth decay. Sugars, starchy foods, milk, honey, raisins and honey promote the build-up of plaque.
- Having receding gums: With receding gums, plaque can form near the roots of your teeth not protected by enamel. This makes your teeth more susceptible to decay and cavities.
- Snacking at regular intervals: Regardless of the kinds of food you eat, frequent snacking gives the acid in your mouth more time to cause damage. It is therefore, best, to brush after each snack/meal.