Adults Dentistry

Check out our most frequently asked questions below:

  • How often do I really need to go to the dentist?

    As a general guideline we would recommend visiting the dentist at least twice a year along with visiting the hygienist twice a year. This would ensure any issues that might arise are looked after quickly. On your first visit your dentist will give you their recommendations for how often you should visit.

  • What does a hygienist do?

    A dental hygienist specialises in the prevention and treatment of gum disease. They carry out procedures such as scaling and polishing teeth, sometimes under local anaesthetic, as well as the application of fissure sealants and fluoride gel to the teeth.

  • I have some staining on my teeth – how can I fix it?

    It is sometimes possible for our hygienist to remove these stains with a high specification air polisher, We can also provide a whitening treatment to use at home to brighten your teeth in a matter of weeks. Our dentists will expertly examine your teeth to make sure the are suitable for a whitening treatment.

  • I have a gap in my front teeth- can this be fixed?

    Some people love the gap in their front teeth similarly some dislike it. Cosmetic bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied to a natural tooth and hardened with a special light which ultimately “bonds” (sticks) the material to the tooth to restore or close the gap on the front teeth.

  • How do I know if I need braces?

    If you suspect you do – you might! Only a dentist can tell you. There are many different types of braces and your dentist will give you the best options for you based on your particular needs.

  • What’s the difference between crowns and veneers?

    The simplest answer is that Crowns cover more of the tooths surface whereas veneers cover mainly just the front part.

    Crowns are most frequently used to repair teeth which are moderately to severely cracked or broken or where instances of decay cannot be repaired by a filling. They match the size and shade of your natural tooth.

    Veneers are made out of porcelain and are used mainly for aesthetic reasons. Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, and because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond, very little enamel removal is needed.

  • What exactly is an implant?

    When describing dental implants, the best comparison is to your natural teeth. A natural tooth consists of two parts, the root of the tooth buried below the gum line, and the white crown that is visible above it. Similarly, a dental implant has the titanium component buried invisibly below the gum, and on top of it the crown which is matched to the colour of your own teeth.

  • How do I know if I have gum disease?

    Gum disease/gingivitis is caused by bacteria growing on the teeth and gums. Bacteria in the form of plaque. The bacteria in the plaque feed on sugars present in the foods you eat and drink making toxins. The toxins irritate your gums causing them to bleed and swell when brushed and your breath will smell bad. Over time plaque can harden into tartar causing greater irritation to the gums.

    While gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease, it can progress to a more serious dental problem periodontitis if left untreated, which leads to tooth loss.

    Your chances of getting gum disease increase if you:

    • are Not cleaning brushing and flossing your teeth
    • are Not getting regular checkups and dental cleanings
    • Smoking or chewing tobacco
    • If you have gum disease in your family-
    • Problems that weaken your immune system
    • Improper diet.

    If you believe you have gum disease, make an appointment with us. We love to help.

  • My breath smells very bad and I have a weird taste in my mouth?

    This is can be related to gum disease but can also be an indication of other medical conditions or an infection in a tooth, so best to get it checked out.

  • Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?

    The wisdom teeth need space to erupt or come into the mouth properly. If they don’t have enough space they come into the mouth partially, poorly positioned, or not at all. If teeth come in well and you are able to keep them clean, we leave them alone. If they are crowded or poorly positioned and cannot be kept clean decay and gum infection are likely to result. If the teeth cannot be  kept clean, painful inflammation may occur (pericoronitis).

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