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FAQ's

What is Root Canal Therapy?
RCT is a method of saving a tooth by cleaning out a damaged nerve and filling in the resulting chamber.

What is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?
Periodontal disease is the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth.

What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws or cages that are surgically placed in the bone of the mouth to which a tooth, bridge, or denture can attach to make a stable restoration.

Why should I Replace a Missing Tooth?
The empty space in your mouth starts to cause many problems including decay and periodontal disease, an unbalanced bite, and stress on the remaining teeth.

Why do I need a Crown (Cap)?
A crown is needed on a tooth when the tooth is weakened by either decay, a fracture or a very large restoration.

I don't like my Smile is there anything I can do?
Besides Braces, there are three common procedures available; bonding, bleaching, and veneering.

Why does the Floss shred and get caught in my teeth?
Floss can shred if the contact between the teeth is tight or there is a rough or broken surface between the teeth.

How can I avoid getting Cavities?
The best way to avoid cavities is by eating right, brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months. Children and some adults can benefit by having Sealants placed.

At what age should I start taking my Child to the dentist?
Some say at 1 year of age, but definitely by the child's 3rd birthday.

What should I do if my Child's Tooth is Knocked Out?
Place the tooth in cool milk or if the child is old enough, under the child's tongue. Be real careful not to swallow the tooth and get to the dentist within 30 minutes so it can be reimplanted.

I've got these lacy-white streaks, white patches, and ulcerations in my mouth, what can they be?
It is possible that you have a condition called Lichen Planus. It has an unkown cause but can be an allergic reaction. Have you changed your toothpaste brand, medications, etc? Also, it may be aggrevated by stress! Check out this wonderful area on LP, with info and live chats.

When do those Baby and Permanent teeth erupt and how are my teeth are numbered?
Teeth erupt at different times in all individuals. Your child's tooth should erupt eventually unless your dentist tells you that there is no replacement permanent tooth.

Should we replace missing teeth? Why?
Yes missing teeth should always be replaced. If the missing front teeth are not replaced, it affects the look of the person and also has a psychological impact. If missing back teeth are not replaced, it results in a myriad of problems which can be explained by the figure given below.

Further more the joint which is responsible for opening and closing the mouth during speaking, swallowing & eating will also be affected.

Effect of tooth loss :
a. Drifting of the neighbouring teeth b. Over eruption of opposing teeth c. Loss of tooth contacts d. Trauma to supporting structures of tooth e. Recession of gingiva f. Caries g. Pocketing h. Premature contact.

What are the common means of replacing missing teeth?
Missing teethmay be replaced by a Fixed Partial Denture (FPD) or removable denture. A FPD is commonly called bridge. This is normally made with metal and ceramic (porcelain) which bond to one another. These are different types in bridges.

A removable denture may be partial or complete. A removable partial denture (RPD) is given, when a bridge is not a ideal choice for the patient. It is made in acrylic (a type of plastic) or cast in a metal which is well accepted by the body. A complete denture (CD) may be needed when no teeth are left in the mouth.

Sometimes a CD is made with support of two or more teeth left behind. The artificial teeth used in CD is made of acrylic and are of varying types.

Why do gums bleed?
Commonly speaking bleeding gums may be due to unhealthy gums caused by the deposition of tartar around and under the gums. Bleeding gums can also be arise due to some improper contact of the opposing teeth and of deficiency of Vitamin C

Why do some teeth pain during intake of cold foods and hot foods?
Unattended decay, tends to eat away the "enamel" of teeth. The next layer of teeth is called dentrine which is highly sensitive to extremes of temperature. This situation might give rise to sharp pain, when exposed to temperature. Left unattended it may give rise to more serious problems.

What can be done about the gap present between two front upper teeth?
The gap can be closed absolutely well to give a natural look. Depending on the size of the gap it may be treated with composite (a tooth color material), or crowns (ceramic or metal + ceramic) or laminates (a thin covering using ceramic). The gap may also be closed using certain type of braces (Orthodontic Treatment)