Frequently Asked Questions from Dentists (Dental FAQs);
- I have a missing tooth. What are the options to replace it and which one is the best option?
- I am not happy with the shape of my teeth. Is it possible to change it?
- I have some dental problems but I am scared of visiting a dentist. What should I do?
- Which is the best toothpaste? Or Which toothpaste should I use?
- How safe are dental X-rays?
- What are dental sealants?
- I want to change my dentist. Or I want to find a good dentist. How can I find one?
- What is the role of laser in teeth whitening?
- With a brushing habit twice a day with a fluoride containing toothpaste, is it still necessary to visit the dentist twice a year?
- What are the causes of smell from mouth?
- There is more gum bleeding/swelling in the pregnancy. Why? What should be the treatment?
- Is there any effect of diabetes on the teeth?
- If a tooth comes out of the socket in an accident, what should we do?
Q. 1 I have a missing tooth. What are the options to replace it and which one is the best option?
The options are:
- Dental Implants
- Acrylic denture
- CC Plate (cast partial denture)
Dental implant is the best option (considering the case suitability) because it is fixed and does not require any grinding and support of the adjacent teeth (which is required for the bridge).
Q. 2. I am not happy with the shape of my teeth. Is it possible to change it?
Yes you can by means of different options. You can change its shape, shade size, appearance and cracked part. The procedures for this purpose are bonding, cosmetic build-ups, crowns, veneers, and recontouring.
Q. 3. I have some dental problems but I am scared of visiting a dentist. What should I do?
Dental phobia (fear going to the dentist) is not an uncommon condition. The first thing you should do is to go to a dentist with some friend or relative who is very comfortable with that dentist regarding the dental treatment. On first visit talk to your dentist about your fear and consult about your dental problems. Its better to avoid any dental treatment in the first visit and try to understand about the treatment of your dental problem. Once your dentist knows what your fears are, he or she will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.
The good news is that today there are a number of strategies that can be used to help reduce fear, anxiety, and pain. These strategies include use of medications (to either numb the treatment area or sedatives or anesthesia to help you relax), use of lasers instead of the traditional drill for removing decay.
Q. 4. Which is the best toothpaste? Or Which toothpaste should I use?
The primary function of a toothpaste is provide soft environment for the effective functioning of the toothbrush. Toothpaste containing the Fluoride can prevent dental cavities. There are many medicated toothpastes that are advised according to the conditions such as hypersensitive teeth, bleeding gums, staining etc. to select a toothpaste for such condition it is advisable to consult your dentist.
Q. 5. How safe are dental X-rays?
Radiations from any source are harmful to the body to variable extents. We are always exposed to radiations from different sources like sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and X-rays etc.
The dose of radiation during taking the dental X-rays is very small. Fortunately this dose has been further reduced by the advanced X-ray source (digital dental X-ray). Highly sensitive X-ray sensor can detect very small dose of radiation with the results even better than the non-digital X-rays.
Q. 6. What are dental sealants?
Sealants are a thin coating of a flowable material that seals all the inaccessible areas on the chewing surface of the tooth. This is a preventive procedure and it prevents the decay of the teeth. It is mainly recommended in children and in patients who are prone to dental decay.
Q. 7. I want to change my dentist. Or I want to find a good dentist. How can I find one?
Ask your family, relatives, friends, neighbors, or co-workers for their recommendations. Ask your family doctor or local pharmacist. If you won’t be able to find and recommendation then must check the authenticity of a dentist by asking about the qualification (BDS should be minimum), experience, expertise, facilities available and PMDC registration number etc. Visit more than one dentist before selecting one you feel you can build a good long-term relationship with.
Q. 8. What is the role of laser in teeth whitening?
Lasers are used to speed up the in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is “activated” by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process.
Q. 9. With a brushing habit twice a day with a fluoride containing toothpaste, is it still necessary to visit the dentist twice a year?
This is the worldwide recommendation to visit the dentist for the check-up twice a year under all the circumstances. There are multiple arguments for such recommendations such as:
- Your dentist can examine those surfaces/areas of teeth which are not visible to you.
- Your dentist can diagnose the problem at the early stage (most the dental problems are asymptomatic at the early stages).
- Your dentist can diagnose and treat the other oral conditions/diseases to which you are not familiar.
- There are some families who are genetically more predisposed to the dental and gum problems. Those individual require extra individual and professional care.
Q. 10. What are the causes of smell from mouth?
Smell from the mouth (bad breath, halitosis) is caused by multiple reasons (inside the mouth and other systemic diseases). In majority of the cases bad breath originates in the mouth. There are usually some cavities in the teeth of inflamed gums due to plaque and calculus. The bacteria present in the plaque produce sulfur compounds which produce bad smell.
Q. 11. There is more gum bleeding/swelling in the pregnancy. Why? What should be the treatment?
During pregnancy the level of some the female hormones increases. This increased level promotes the growth of some of the harmful bacteria in the plaque. Further it makes the gums more sensitive so there is exaggerated response to plaque and calculus called Pregnancy Gingivitis.
Plaque and calculus control is the treatment for such cases. Consult your dentist for the treatment and regular procedures for plaque and calculus control can be performed during pregnancy. Major procedures should be postponed till the suitable time.
Q. 12. Is there any effect of diabetes on the teeth?
Yes there are more teeth and gum diseases in diabetic patients. Diabetes impairs the immune system (body’s ability to fight off the infections) and promotes the growth of harmful bacteria. These factors tend to promote gum disease and tooth decay.
Good oral hygiene, proper brushing, regular dental check-up and normal glucose levels will help in preventing diabetic-related dental and gum problems.
Q. 13. If a tooth comes out of the socket in an accident, what should we do?
In this emergency condition this is a race between you and time. The more time that goes by the less likely that the re-implantation will be successful. If the tooth comes out of the socket in one piece, gently rinse with warm water the obvious dirt/debris. Avoid touching the root as much as possible. Try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, place the Place and transport the tooth in milk or in some of the person’s own saliva. Rush to the dentist to implant the same tooth. The tooth may also be splinted with a wire to the adjacent teeth for a period of time.