Frequently Asked Questions
What causes tooth discolouration?
The most common causes of staining include aging along with consumption of staining substances. These substances include coffee, tea, colas, tobacco and red wine to name a few. Certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discolouration.
What causes tooth decay?
Sugar is the main cause of decay and is found in many foods we eat and beverages we drink. Bacteria that have settled on a tooth thrive on sugar. Unfortunately when bacteria and sugar get together a chemical reaction occurs that produces acid, which eats away at the enamel of the tooth leading to decay. It is for this reason, that it’s important to have regular check-ups at the dentist.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that deals with the overall appearance of your teeth. While general dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating oral diseases, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth, therefore improving your smile.
What treatments are classified cosmetic?
Cosmetic treatments are considered to be anything that focuses on improving the aesthetics of your teeth and smile. These include tooth whitening, veneers, dental Implants, crowns and bridges and any other treatments that visually improve your teeth.
Why would I need a crown?
A dental crown is often the best solution to replace large, worn fillings, to repair a tooth that has cracked or has a very large cavity, or for a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment. The crown covers and provides increased protection of the natural tooth beneath it. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of natural teeth that are malformed, wrongly positioned or discoloured.
What causes dental fear?
Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that treatment will hurt, or that the sounds and smells bring back memories of bad experiences as a child.
The most common cause is a traumatic dental experience at an early age. This is why regular preventive dental care to prevent dental problems is so important. Other causes may include claustrophobia, agoraphobia, cross phobias (where patients exhibit a number of phobic disorders), panic disorders and anxiety disorders.
When I get my teeth professionally cleaned will they be whiter?
The main benefit of cleaning is healthier gums. During the clean, your dentist will remove most of the surface stains on the teeth, such as cigarette stains. However, the internal colour of teeth would not be changed. Tooth whitening procedures could be an option if you want further improvements
Why do I need fluoride?
Fluoride strengthens the tooth surface and makes teeth less prone to cavities, especially when applied within two years following tooth eruption. Fluoride is a major part of modern preventive dentistry.
What age should my children have their teeth checked?
We encourage our youngest patients to become familiar with the dental setting from as early as their first tooth erupting in the mouth. A knee-to-knee examination is done with your little one, so they are close to you and comfortable the whole time.
Coming along to mum and dad’s visit is a great way to start getting your little one comfortable to visiting the dental team – a positive first visit can be the first step toward a lifetime of good dental habits.
The visit would usually start with a ride in the dental chair and counting their teeth, checking the gums and sometimes being able to gently clean their teeth.
First Visit Tips for Mums and Dads
- Even very young children are perceptive and can pick up and react to any anxiety you might have about the upcoming visit.
- Arrange for a morning appointment if possible. Children are often more positive and receptive.
- Avoid talking about specific procedures or instruments, as these ideas may confuse or upset your child. Words like “drill,” “injection,” and “needle” are potentially very frightening to a child.
Why are my teeth yellow?
Our teeth are naturally yellow and darken as we age. However, discolouration in teeth can occur from drinking coffee and red wine, smoking cigarettes and other lifestyle factors.
Professional cleaning of your teeth at your regular six-month check-up always helps to brighten your smile. However, if you have stained or discoloured teeth, cosmetic teeth whitening will improve and restore the natural shape, colour and beauty of your smile. If professional cleaning and whitening cannot change the colour of your teeth to your satisfaction, then a further option to consider is dental veneers. Veneers place a thin porcelain or ceramic layer on the face of your teeth that can completely change the colour, texture and shape of your teeth.