FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
How should I take care of my teeth?
Brush your teeth twice a day and have healthy food habits.
What are the different hygiene-aids available for dental care at home?
Various dental hygiene aids are available for dental care at home – the regular, angular, interdental tooth brushes, dental floss, tooth pastes-fluoridated, medicated, etc.
When do I need to change my toothbrush?
Toothbrushes need to be changed on an average of once in three months if you are brushing twice a day
When should I see a dentist?
At once in case of a dental problem and once every 6 months for a routine check-up.
Why do teeth get cavities?
Irregular food habits and poor oral hygiene cause accumulation of food, debris (plaque) on and around the teeth. This leads to bacterial action forming acids that dissolve the enamel and form cavities.
What causes bad breath?
Gum problems, cavities, gastric problems can lead to bad breath.
What are caps / crowns / fixed teeth?
These are fixed replacements for broken, discoloured or missing teeth. These can be retrieved only by a dentist and not by the patient.
What is teeth whitening?
It is a bleaching procedure in which darker and discoloured teeth are whitened to give a lighter shade.
What is Fluoride Application?
Solutions containing fluorides are applied on teeth to resist decay and prevent cavities. It is recommended for all patients as preventive care.
What are tooth sealants?
Sealants are tooth-coloured materials used to seal pits and other irregular surfaces on the teeth. This prevents food from getting stuck in these areas and causing decay.
What is a tooth-coloured filling or invisible filling?
This can be any material like composite resin, ceramic/porcelain etc. which is used to replace and restore the damaged or the lost part of the tooth.
What can one do for worn down teeth?
This happens due to aging and certain habits (incorrect brushing, clenching, wrong food habits, gastric acidity etc.). Worn down teeth are brought to their original form by rehabilitation. The entire dentition is treated as one unit and the teeth are restored to normal form and function.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial root form of a tooth made from an inert and biologically compatible material (e.g. titanium) that is embedded in the bone over which crown is then fabricated.
Can anyone have allergy to dental implants?
Titanium has no allergic components and is completely neutral in the body.
Does an implant beep to a metal detector?
Implants are not magnetic and much too small to trigger the detector.
Are there any medical conditions that prevent implant placement?
Serious cardiovascular diseases, serious kidney damage, impaired immune system are conditions which may require assessment before implant treatment is undertaken.
Is there any age limit for implant treatment?
Since the skeletal growth is generally completed by the age of 18 years, the earliest age of implant placement is around this time.
And an advanced age is not a criterion, provided the patients’ medical condition does not compromise the treatment.
Cosmetic / Aesthetic Dentistry
What is Cosmetic Dentistry / aesthetic dentistry?
Cosmetic/Aesthetic Dentistry is the art and science of designing wonderful smiles.
How long does the cosmetic treatment last?
If a proper care is taken with regular contact with the dentist every six months, it can be long lasting.
How long does it take to get a new smile?
Although each case is unique, some new smiles can be completed in a single visit.
What are the precautions to be taken after treatment?
• Avoid eating hard objects like beetle net, chewing on ice.
• Refrain from smoking.
• Follow the instructions according to specific procedure performed.