Frequently Asked Questions
At Dental Savers, we aim to ensure all of our customers are adequately informed and understanding of the dental procedure/s they are considering. If you have any questions about dentistry or would like to make an appointment, call us on (07) 5495 1888.
What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant (also known as a fissure seal) is a dental treatment where sealant is applied to the chewing surfact of teeth to act as a barrier against bacteria that causes tooth decay. Sealants are generally applied to the molars and premolars.
What will my filling be made from?
There are 4 main types of matieral that can be used for fillings; composite resin, dental porcelain, amalgam silver and cast gold. The location and extent of the decay, cost of filling material and your dentist's recommendation assist in determining the type of filling best for you.
Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
The most common cause of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque around the gum line, causing a condition called gingivitis, or inflamed gums. Bleeding gums is usually a sign that your oral hygiene should be worked on. Bleeding gums can also be a sign of periodontitis or other less common causes, so make sure you book an appointment with us so we can perform a checkup and clean to examine the gums.
Why do you need to X-Ray my mouth?
X-Ray examinations are used by dentists as a diagnostic tool to examine the condition of your teeth, showing the precise location of; decay, abscesses, abnormal growths, along with changes in the bone structure and other signs of disease unable to be detected by a visual examination.
What is root canal treatment?
During a root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed, while the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed with a material called gutta-percha. After that, a crown or filling is applied to the tooth for protection. Once the tooth is restored, it continues to function like any other tooth, offering efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensation, protects other teeth from excessive wear and has a natural appearance.
Modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a normal filling and can be completed in one or two appointment considering the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances.
What is dry socket?
The socket is the hole in the jaw bone where the tooth has been extracted. After a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms in the socket, protecting the bone, tissue and nerves underneath. Sometimes the clot can become dislodged or dissolve a couple of days after the extraction, leaving the bone exposed to food, fluid and anything else entering the mouth, possibly leading to severe pain and an infection.
Dry socket is most common in patients who smoke, drink alcohol, have wisdon teeth pulled, have poor oral hygiene, use birth control pills or have a history of dry socket after having teeth pulled.
Dry socket is easily treatable and only a small percentage (2-5%) of patients develop dry socket after a tooth extraction.
What is a scale and clean, and why do I need it every 6 months?
Regardless of how often your brush and floss, Calculus builds up on your teeth. A regular toothbrush cannot remove this scale, so it's important to have a professional Scale and Clean. A scale and clean consists of the removal of calculus, removal of plaque and teeth polishing. Once the scale and clean is finished, a high concentrate fluoride varnish is brushed on to the tooth surface . The fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth since the acids from bacteria in dental tartar and plaque will have weakened the surfaces. It is best not to eat, drink or rinse for 30 minutes after the fluoride has been applied.
It is important to have a checkup, scale and clean every 6 months to prevent dental and oral problems.
What can I do to lessen the damage associated with teeth grinding (Bruxing)?
Get your enamel replaced as soon as it wears away. The inner core of the tooth is made from dentine, and it wears at a much faster rate than enamel. You will need as much wear resistance as you can get. Dentine wears like wood, whereas enamel wears like glass.
In places where visibility isn't an issue, choose the strongest material such as gold inlays, gold crowns or amalgam fillings.
Where you are grinding your back teeth, make sure your large fillings have cusp protection. Ask your dentist about this.
Choose a porcelain reinforced gold crown. Gold tends to have greater ability to stop cracks forming in porcelain crowns. The gold is not visible in these crowns.
Get a splint made. This can help to reduce the subconscious urge to grind by throwing a "spanner" into the neuro-muscular complex responsible for the grinding initiation. Even if you grind, the splint tends to take the stress and wear, rather than your teeth. Splints also even out the pressure on the particular teeth so that a single tooth isn't worn down excessively.