Answers for All Your Dentistry Questions

What is included in a preventative dental check?

A preventative dental check-up at Tache Dental Centre can consist of:

  • Check-up

  • Taking necessary X-rays

  • Scaling (cleaning) and polishing

  • Fluoride application

  • Fissure sealing – sealing any cracks or pits in a tooth, if necessary

If needed, the dentist will provide dietary advice and oral hygiene instructions.

As they say, “Prevention is better than a cure”.

If I need a root canal do I also need a crown?

After a root canal treatment, the tooth can become weak and prone to breakage over the short term. This tooth may need to be protected with a crown in order to prevent breaking and to restore the tooth to full function. If the tooth previously had a large restoration, was badly damaged, or if a large amount of tooth structure was removed as a result of treatment, a crown may be required.

What causes sensitive teeth?

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a range of factors. The porous part of the tooth, called dentin, is the region that registers pain, and dentin can become exposed due to:

  • Fractured or chipped teeth

  • Cavity

  • Teeth injured by clenching or grinding

  • Receding gums caused by gum disease or improper brushing

Does whitening damage teeth?

No, but it can cause sensitivity, which is short term and can be combated by using a lower percentage of active ingredients in the whitening gel or with a desensitising gel, applied to the teeth after whitening.

How much will this cost?

The fees you are charged depend upon which dental procedures you are having done. We follow a fee guide as set out by the Dental Board and try our best to find the most affordable dental solution for patient care. For example, if a patient needs a filling we can offer a choice of composite or silver filling. We can discuss pricing and the best option to fit your needs at the time of consultation. Please contact our office to book an appointment.

Why does a tooth require Root Canal Treatment (R.C.T.)?

Basically, a tooth is made up of three layers: the outer strong and hard enamel, the intermediate tough dentin, and the inner soft pulp, which contains the nerve endings, blood vessels and cells that maintain the vitality of the tooth. When dental decay is allowed to progress, it results in a deep cavity that may reach the pulp, thereby exposing the pulp to exterior threats. Exposure of the pulp may also occur due to erosion or trauma, such as a fracture of the tooth. Whenever the pulp is exposed to the exterior, it gets inflamed and infected. A tooth that has its pulp exposed by decay, trauma, etc. has two treatment options: extraction of the tooth or retention of the tooth by undertaking a root canal treatment.

Such an-endodontically treated tooth can function normally in the mouth. If left untreated, the tooth develops pain, swelling, etc., and the infection can spread deeper into the bone.

What can be done for missing teeth?

Implants, bridges and partial dentures are designed to replace missing teeth. Not only will they fill the spaces left by lost teeth, but they also help support the teeth adjacent to, and directly opposite, the missing teeth. Please speak to one of our dentists to find the best solution for you.

Can adults also benefit from orthodontic treatment?

Definitely. Although the ideal time to have orthodontics is while the patient is still growing, age isn’t a barrier. Adults who missed the opportunity to have orthodontic treatment during childhood, or who have more recently developed problems, are now able to benefit from the improvements in technique and aesthetic materials, making orthodontic care acceptable no matter your age.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are an effective, safe, and predictable solution to the problems resulting from missing teeth. With implants, replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth without compromising the adjacent teeth.

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a hole in your tooth caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque, which sticks to the teeth, produces acid as a by-product from sugar metabolism. The acids then dissolve the tooth enamel. Once the acids have dissolved a hole through the enamel, the underlying, softer dentin is exposed and the cavity will enlarge much quicker. Once a cavity reaches the dentin, the spot needs to be cleaned out and filled by a dentist to keep the cavity from getting larger and causing more tooth destruction.

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