Q. What is a Dental Filling/Restoration?

A. After removing any tooth decay, a dentist uses a filling material to fill that cavity. It is a very common practice in tooth decay.

Q. What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

A. Cosmetic Dentistry primarily addresses two major concerns: modification of appearance of a patient’s oral cavity and surrounding structures and prevention and treatment of organic, structural or functional oral diseases.
As per a patient’s subjective concept of what is visually pleasing; cosmetic dentistry can alter the appearance of the mouth. The most common cosmetic dental procedures in demand are:

  1. Whitening/Tooth Bleaching

    Used for lightening discoloured teeth, dentist supervised teeth whitening procedures are the most recommended ones among the various options available.

  2. Enamel

    A part of the contouring enamel is removed to improve the appearance of the tooth. Also known as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, recontouring, reshaping, slenderizing and stripping; it may be used to correct a very small chip. The removed enamel is irreplaceable.

  3. Bonding

    In cases of chipped or cracked teeth, an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, hardened, and then polished to give it a natural look.

  4. Veeners

    If the whitening procedure doesn’t work well for discoloured teeth, ultra-thin, custom-made laminates are bonded directly to the teeth. The same process is also used in closing gaps between teeth.

Q. What are my options for getting a denture?

A. You have five major options:

  1. Conventional Removable Partial Dentures.
  2. Cast Partial Dentures.
  3. Conventional over-denture.
  4. Implant over-denture.
  5. Immediate dentures.

Q. What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants replace the root of a missing tooth which is gently placed in the jawbone. It is usually made of a small titanium cylinder. It is successful in restoring chewing along with a natural smile.

Q. Does age affect getting dental implants?

No, age does not affect or deter dental implants. Butbad health can. If you are healthy enough to get a tooth extracted, you’re healthy enough to receive dental implants.

Q. What are wisdom teeth? Why do people suffer from them?

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that develop in late teens or early twenties. While they can be a valuable asset, their poor alignment can cause many problems. Wisdom teeth can be entrapped within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone or only partially break through or erupt through the gum. It can also lead to decay by entrapment of plaque and debris. Hence, it is vital to get them removed in such cases.

Q. How often should I visit the dentist?

Usually, a visit to your dentist once every 6 months can lessen the chances of any tooth or gums problems. However, most people visit their dentists only after the pain arises, which results into root canal or extraction. These can be avoided by regular check-ups.

Q. Is Bleaching harmful for the teeth?

If done under proper supervision of a qualified dental surgeon, bleaching does not harm teeth.

Q. Is it necessary to replace missing teeth?

Yes, missing teeth must be replaced for various reasons. If the missing teeth are not replaced, there will be movement of adjacent teeth to the extraction site resulting in space formation. Also, it can also lead to over eruption of the tooth from opposite arch, making replacement of missing tooth more difficult.