Q. How often should I brush my teeth?

A. It is necessary to remove disease causing dental plaque from the teeth and gum surfaces at least once a day. This is particularly important for removing plaque under the gums and in between the teeth where most dental problems occur. The purpose of brushing is to remove bacterial plaque. It is best to remove plaque i.e. brush teeth, before eating. It is a myth that brushing makes teeth whiter; in fact too much brushing removes enamel and results in thinner and more yellow teeth.

Q. Why should I come to the dentist for preventive care visits?

A. Routine professional preventive care visits have been demonstrated as the most effective way to control dental disease and maintain dental health.

Q. How often should I replace my toothbrush?

A. It is advisable to replace your tooth brush every two to three months. It is important to consider the appearance of your tooth brush when replacing it, a brush that appears dog-eared and shaggy may be an indication that your are brushing too vigorously.

Q. Will whitening harm my teeth?

A. Whitening will not harm teeth but it may result in greater sensitivity for a short period of time.

Q. When should I bring my children for their first visit to the dentist?

A. Bring your children as soon as they are old enough to observe the parent in the dental chair, so they become accustomed to the dental environment.

Q. Implants vs Dentures

Your health is a priority – Having diseased teeth can put your overall health and comfort at risk. Dental infections are a problem for your whole body. Don’t live with painful, unhealthy, and unattractive teeth. Whether you decide to get implants or dentures, both can help eliminate gum disease and dental decay.

Dental Implants CAN be done later – In many cases you will need to have dentures for a period of time before implants are placed. Some clients prefer to have dentures made first, evaluate how they feel and how they like dentures, then decide on implants later. This allows time for you to know whether you would like two implants, five, upper or lower implants. You need to heal from having teeth removed and it helps to give your body some time. For most types of implant dentures you are not causing any harm by waiting for some time before proceeding with implants.

Dentures can be successful without implants – Many clients are very satisfied with their dentures. Upper dentures are usually fairly easy to wear and look great. Most people do not choose to get implants in their upper jaws because their dentures are a cost effective and esthetic solution. If a client wants dental implants it is usually for the lower jaw. Lower dentures are generally not as stable as upper dentures and can benefit from at least two dental implants to help stabilize them.

Q. I have been told I need a crown. Why?

A. A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.

A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’. Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. They can be made of porcelain or gold or a combination of these materials.

A dental crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:

  • you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
  • you may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect it
  • it may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place

Q. How long is my crown treatment?

A. Generally there are 2 options: For front teeth, we like to have them done in a lab with better matching aesthetic; for back teeth, we generally can do them on the same day with E4D(R).