Frequently Asked Dental Questions
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REASONS FOR TREATMENTS
If your concern is strictly cosmetic, there are many new methods available to replace the fillings with beautiful, functional long lasting restorations. Options such as white filling materials, porcelain inlays/onlays, crowns and veneers may be used to give you the smile you are seeking.
Baby teeth should be cared for as they serve the same important purposes as the permanent teeth, and should be kept in place until they are replaced by permanent teeth. They reserve the space for the permanent teeth to grow into. If baby teeth are lost too early, the adjoining teeth can drift into the spaces that are needed for the permanent teeth.
This can then cause crowding problems, because there is insufficient space for the permanent teeth.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You will also have to look after your “new teeth” in just the same way as your natural teeth, in order to prevent infection from spreading or fracturing occurring.
- Each procedure has a different time frame
- Root canals generally are 1 hour appointments
- Bridges and crowns approximately 2.5 hours
- Cleanings are 30-45 mins
- Consultations are 30 mins
- When your appointment is made, the receptionist will specify the time the dentist requires for this procedure.
Advances in dentistry over the years have led to the low radiation levels emitted by today’s X-rays. Some of the improvements are new digital X-ray machines that limit the radiation beam to the small area being X-rayed, higher speed X-ray films that require shorter exposure time compared with older film speeds to get the same results, and the use of film holders that keep the film in place in the mouth (which prevents the film from slipping and the need for repeat X-rays and additional radiation exposure). Also, the use of lead-lined aprons protects the body from stray radiation (though this is almost non-existent with the modern dental X-ray machines.