What is Dental Plaque and Calculus?
Dental plaque is an aggregation of bacteria and its by-products on tooth surfaces. Over time they harden or calcify and are termed calculus.
Why must we clean our teeth regularly?
The deposits of dental plaque contain bacteria which produce acid and toxins that causes bad breath and gums to bleed easily. The gums then pull away from the teeth resulting in deep pockets which trap bacteria and weaken the bone around the teeth causing the teeth to be shaky. If left untreated, the teeth will eventually be lost.
How often must we visit the dentist?
We should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a check up to ensure that we do not have cavities, gum disease or other oral health issues.
What happens if I have a habit of grinding my teeth?
Tooth grinding, termed “bruxism” and tooth clenching can damage or crack teeth and even cause jaw pain and headaches. While we cannot prevent tooth grinding, we can treat the problems by wearing a mouth guard which cushions the impact of the strong bite forces.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow into the mouth. This usually occurs between the ages of 18 and 21. As many patients do not have enough space in their jaws, these teeth do not emerge fully and are “impacted”, causing pain and infection. They will need to be removed surgically.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a means of treating teeth which are severely broken or decayed. The contents of the root canal, which is the innermost core of teeth, are removed and replaced by a inert filling material to prevent infection.
Are dental procedures painful?
With modern technology, most dental procedures are not as painful as in the past. In addition, we can minimise discomfort by giving a local anaesthetic. For patients who are fearful, we can perform the procedures under intra-venous sedation which allows the patient to be relaxed or even asleep during treatment.