Please explore our frequently asked questions:
- Missing Teeth & Dental Implants
- Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Root Canal Therapy
- Dental Crown
- Dental Anxiety
Missing Teeth & Dental Implant FAQs
Q: I’ve just finished all my treatment and am so pleased with the results, I want to make sure I look after my new smile more than I did my old, but how do I clean round the implant teeth?
A: Throughout treatment we arrange hygienist visits and once you have finished we still insist you attend regularly to maintain your hygiene and the health of your mouth. The hygienist will go through instructions with you on how best to clean, particularly round dental implants and bridgework where methods might be slightly new to you.
There are many things additional to your usual brushing. We may suggest a particular toothpaste and/or mouth rinse. Cleaning in between the teeth may need floss, super floss and/or tepe brushes. Your hygienist will be able to advise what you need and show you exactly how.
Q: I’ve got missing teeth, I want to improve how things look and be able to eat foods I currently avoid. Is there anything you can do for me?
A: Yes! With dental implants, bridges and even dentures there’s always something we can do. Replacing missing teeth is something we do everyday for many patients. We need to have a thorough consultation with you so we can determine exactly what the right solution is for you personally. One size doesn’t fit all! But all our solutions combine making things look good with functionally getting things right.
Q: I’m having an implant to replace a missing front tooth. How long does it take to place an implant?
A: It’s probably far quicker than you’d imagine! Things can change from person to person and exactly what’s being done, but to simply place a dental implant only takes a few minutes!
Q:I’ve had whitening done and I’m really happy with the results but I’m scared of them going back to how they were before. How can I prevent discolouration?
A: There are many steps you can take to ensure your results will be long lasting:
- See your hygienist for professional cleaning at the recommended time interval (usually every 3-6mths)
- If drinks have a high stain potential, use a straw
- Remember to brush shortly after you have foods or drinks that are highly staining. If you can’t, try to rinse with lots of water.
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes which may wear the enamel, exposing more of the darker substructure in your tooth (the dentine)
- Don’t smoke!
- Finally, use your home whitening kit to give you a little boost occasionally!
Q: I’ve had my Zoom! tooth whitening and am really pleased with the results, but how long will they last?
A: Teeth whitening results tend to last really quite well, but it will depend on you personally. Often people adjust to seeing their teeth a brighter shade and soon think they’re not as white as they were when you first bleached, when in fact they are its just you’ve become accustomed to the new shade.
Obvious things like smoking will stain teeth and make your teeth regress quicker. The more your diet consists of highly staining foods and drinks, such as red wine, coffee, curry and bolognese, the more likely you are to see your results fade a little quicker than others may.
The good news is that we provide you with 6 syringes of bleach and on average you should use 3-4 in your initial 2 weeks. So, you should be left with plenty more to just pop it back in for a night here and there when you’ve got something special on like a wedding or a holiday! This will maintain things nicely, and you can always just buy replacement bleach from us in future when you do eventually run out!
Q: When I use my home whitening kit, my teeth are sensitive, is there anything I can do to reduce this?
A: Tooth sensitivity is common and perfectly normal when using your home teeth whitening kit.
Try bleaching alternate nights, or place some sensitive tooth paste into your trays instead, this acts like an ointment against the teeth & soothe the symptoms!
Q: Every time I read a magazine, a celebrity is said to have had veneers. I can see their teeth look nice, but what actually are porcelain veneers?
A: Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded over the front surface of the teeth. They are long lasting, stain-resistant and can be a very natural looking restoration. Porcelain is very versatile; it can be used to lengthen, widen and whiten. We customise them personally to you, choosing the exact shape, colour etc.
There’s a whole host of reasons patients may have porcelain veneers. Placed on misaligned crooked teeth they can give the appearance of perfectly straight teeth, they can cover stained, discoloured teeth or be applied to whiten and brighten the entire smile. We can bond longer porcelain veneers to worn or chipped teeth to make them look younger and stronger. Or they can be made to match the surrounding existing teeth, too. We would need to see you for a consultation to determine exactly what it was you needed and whether veneers were a suitable option.
Q: I’ve been told I need a root canal treatment, but I’ve got a crown on the tooth. Can it still be done?
A: Root Canal Treatment needs access to the nerve inside the tooth. This means drilling into the tooth, if there is a crown on we can more often than not just drill through it in the same way we would with a natural tooth.
There are times when a crown/bridge may need to be removed, this is usually if they’ve been placed onto teeth were they mask the orientation of the tooth beneath and make accessing the nerve very difficult to find. Your dentist or endodontist would advise you before they removed anything.
Q: I’ve been told I need a Root Canal on one of my teeth, and the appointment has been booked for 2 hours, will it take this long?
A: Root Canal Treatment (RCT) can take a range of time, and sometimes may be spread over two visits. The time can vary depending on many things. For example firstly, the tooth that is being treated – (the further back the tooth becomes in your mouth it generally has more roots – which means more root canals!).
Secondly whether the tooth has been root filled before, this can mean time is needed to remove the previous root filling which again can be time consuming. There are many more factors that can dictate how long it might take.
The thing to bear in mind is that we also need to allocate time in the appointment for things besides the actual root treatment. Things like waiting for you to get numb and talking to you about post operative care.
Finally, the time that you are actually having the treatment will be made as comfortable as possible – with the use of rubber dam and anesthetic you wont be feeling or tasting anything in your mouth. So you can lay back, listen to the music, relax and even have a little snooze!
Q: I’ve had a Root Canal Treatment and now my tooth’s changed colour and looks dark compared to the rest, is there anything you can do?
A: Of course! We can do whats called internal tooth bleaching – which is exactly what it sounds like – we put the bleach inside the tooth rather than normal whitening on the outside surface. Plus there’s always veneers and crowns that can make things look more like you want them to.
Q: I’ve got some caps, and now my dentist has told me I need a crown on another tooth. What is the difference?
A: A cap or crown – they’re the same thing and simply refer to complete coverage of the tooth. Teeth caps (dental crowns) are generally necessary when teeth have gotten weak from previous large fillings to protect them from fracturing or teeth that have fractured and now they need support. Crowns are also placed on top of implants or on teeth that have had root canal treatment.
Q: I had some crowns done a few years ago, and I was pleased with them in the beginning, but more recently I’ve noticed they have what looks like black lines around the top. Is there anything that can be done?
A: Of course! This is quite a common complaint. Dental crowns can be made of several materials. One option, is to have metal inside and the porcelain on top of this. Sometimes, this can become visible and hence you see a black line at the margin of the crown.
We will use crowns that do not have any metal inside, which will avoid the problem occurring at all. If, there is a need for metal, our crowns will be made in a way that conceals the metal and still avoids anything becoming noticeable in the margin region.
Q: My teeth are all crooked and I really want to improve their appearance but I really don’t want braces; can I still have a beautiful smile?
A: We get this question asked a lot. More than likely, yes. There are times where we have no choice but to resort to both options. If teeth are so misaligned we must first move them gently into position before using porcelain veneers. Only with careful analysis of tooth proportions and jaw dimensions are we able to determine that for certain. We have been able to help so many people who had absolutely refused braces without compromising the end result. Braces are not for everyone either. For various reasons sometimes braces would not even be the right choice to make a smile beautiful.
Q: I have buck teeth that stick out. I was offered braces when I was younger but wasn’t interested at the time. Is there anything that can be done now?!
A: Certainly! Sometimes the solution may be as simple as recontouring and reshaping the teeth which can be done very quickly. Other times braces may be required to correct things, these could be traditional fixed braces, lingual appliances or even Invisalign. Cases of buck teeth may also be corrected with porcelain veneers/crowns and in some instances we may to do a combination of repositioning of teeth (with brace work) and then placing some veneers. As each situation is unique, we’ll have a better idea of the answer for you after a consultation. Call or email us to arrange this today!
Q: I’m starting my Invisalign treatment and my Dentist told me I need to have some attachments put on my teeth. What are they?
A: Often with Invisalign teeth need attachments. These are usually needed on teeth that need that little bit more movement, and they help the Invisalign aligner grip onto the tooth in order to get it into place.
Attachments are just a little bit of white filling material placed onto the surface of your tooth that can easily be removed without any damage once you have finished your treatment. We ensure to pick the same colour as your own tooth so as little as possible is noticeable.
Q: I’m in the middle of my invisalign treatment but cant find the aligner I should be wearing. I took it out to eat and think it may have ended up in the bin! What should I do?
A: No worries! These things happen, it’s definitely not the end of the world. There are a couple of options:
Firstly you should not go without wearing an aligner for too long, so the best thing to do is make sure you are wearing the previous aligner to the one you have lost. At least this will maintain the teeth where they are. A replacement aligner can then be ordered, although Invisalign does charge for these.
However! If you’re lucky and were nearing the time to change into the next aligner it may be worth seeing if that fits. Although it will be a little tighter, if you can get the next aligner into place move straight into that one. It might hurt your teeth a little, but at least it won’t hurt your pocket!!
Q: I have recently started my Invisalign treatment, how many hours per day do I have to wear them?
A: Each aligner should be worn at all times day and night, they should only be removed when eating and drinking. This way you’ll have your straight teeth in next to no time at all!!
Q: I would really like to improve my smile, I know there’s definitely some work needs doing. I’ve been putting treatment off for years as I’m afraid to see the dentist, but I know things are just getting worse. Is there anything you can do to help me in some way?
A: Our practice is familiar with nervous and anxious patients. Making your experience with us a truly calm and comfortable one is our priority. We understand that each patient’s experiences, both past and present are truly unique. A patient manner and gentle touch can be expected by all members of our team. In addition, we offer music CDs, anxiety medication and sedation dentistry to help our patients get the care they want and need. Why not come and visit us, see the practice, meet some of the team and enjoy a coffee? – There’s really no need to venture into see the dentist until you’re feeling more at home here!
Q: I’ve been wearing false teeth for years and have never had any problems with them. Although I like the appearance and the fits only just starting to get loose, they just look worn, discoloured and generally old. Can you make a replacement set so I don’t look too different and my grandchildren won’t realize they’re false?!
A: Your wish is our command! There are people like yourself who are quite happy with how their dentures have been but feel they are just getting a little old and worn. In this situation we can complete what we call a “copy-tech”. This means taking some impressions of the dentures themselves so as the dental lab can make new ones based on the same features as the old. The teeth can be new, but the same size, shape and colour. It can be our secret and the grandchildren will never know!